Frame with Figures of Mars and Minerva

Artist/maker unknown, French

Made in Paris, France, Europe


Ebony, ebonized wood, pine

55 7/8 x 45 5/8 x 2 3/4 inches (141.9 x 115.9 x 7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 254, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (Rubenstein Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Purchased with Museum funds from the Edmond Foulc Collection, 1930

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From 1630 to 1660, Northern European and Parisian craftsmen created cabinets with carved ebony veneers that set a new standard for luxurious furniture in France. This frame is one of only two surviving examples from these workshops. The rich decoration combines playful children (popular French motifs) and fanciful auricular (ear-shaped) designs adapted from an influential Dutch style.

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