Frame with Figures of Mars and Minerva
Artist/maker unknown, French
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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