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Cabinet of ebony to the nativity and escape in Egypt, XVII
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Cabinets, Renaissance, XVII

Large ebony cabinet large Mourning and blackened wood richly carved with natural patterns and wavy moldings. This type of "ebony cabinet" is notably present in the castle of Ambleville but also in the museum of the castle of Fontainebleau or in the Louvre.

It opens with two drawers and two large wings decorated in bas-relief with Biblical scenes in medallions: the angel Gabriel, Joseph and the Virgin Mary around the infant Jesus in the left medallion and then the flight to Egypt following the Massacre of the Innocents in the right medallion.

Open, it allows to discover a set of eleven drawers ebony veneer to a decor chiseled flowers, fruits, foliage and volatiles, and framing two gates. The Garden of Eden is represented on the two inner gates.
The latter reveal a beautiful theater in veneer of satin, amaranth, ebony, green tinted matter, with set of mirrors. The often similar construction theaters in the ebony cabinet were modified according to the cabinetmaker but also enriched by the ideas of the sponsor.

Two removable porticos with twisted columns with Corinthian bronze capitals conceal six small drawers.
The floor of the theater in checkerboard marquetry with false perspective.

French Work of the XVIIth century.
Restorations of use especially in the bottoms as well as a small drawer.
The twisted base in blackened wood is posterior to the seventeenth.

Height: 159 cm
Width: 137 cm
Depth: 53 cm
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