A fine French carved ebony plaque depicting Neptune and Sea Nymphs

A fine French carved ebony plaque depicting Neptune and Sea Nymphs

1600 to 1700 French

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A fine French carved ebony plaque depicting Neptune and Sea Nymphs
Mid 17th CENTURY

Size: 30.5cm x 26cm, 1cm deep
Furniture in which the entire surface is of ebony, especially cabinets,

became fashionable at the French court in the 1640's. This plaque is a

panel from a cabinet such as the one in the Ashmolean Museum which is

attributed to Girard Marot. There are also examples of this work in

carved ebony backed onto an oak or pine carcass in the Victoria and

Albert Museum, and at Windsor Castle.


This work is now recognised as French due to its many sources in

architecture and sculpture, and to the work of T.H. Lunsingh Scheurleer

in 'Novels in Ebony' 1956.
Dimensions
Height 30.50 cm (12.01 inches)
Width 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
Depth 1.00 cm (0.39 inches)
Medium
Ebony
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