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Renaissance walnut table "Treaty of Fleix" label
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Ref : 77130
9 500 €
Period :
<= 16th century
Provenance :
France, South-West Region
Medium :
Walnut
Dimensions :
l. 26.77 inch X H. 30.31 inch
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Renaissance walnut table "Treaty of Fleix" label

This small Renaissance walnut table stands on four feet shaped as baluster columns. Their specific silhouette with nervous mouldings is characteristic of the late 16th century French furniture production. The table’s square shape is emphasized by the spacer linking each feet right above their flat-bun base. The slightly overlapping table-top is supported by a large belt adorned with inscriptions. On each of the four sides an inlaid blackened-wood Latin abbreviation refers to a virtue.

JUST.IA (Justicia) for Justice
POTE.IA (Potencia) for Strength
SINC.AS (Sinceritas) for Candour
CONC.IA (Concordia) for Amity

Inherited both from Roman Antiquity and Christian Middle-Ages, the system of virtues belongs as much to spirituality as to philosophy. It urges humankind to grow the best of oneself and to repress oneself’s lowest instincts.
Particularly relevant in the political context, the table’s four virtues seem to echo the metal label that was later nailed on the table-top’s edge. It reads « Traité du Fleix Nov – 1580 », meaning « Treaty of Fleix, november 1580 ». A strong but not verifiable tradition binds this table with the signature of the Fleix truce, achieved during the late 16th century in the Dordogne region. While the typology and construction of our table match indeed the date and location of the treaty it is impossible to guarantee any link between the table and this event – also known as the Lovers’ truce – that ended the 7th religious war. Genuine historical relic or political allusion due to the inscriptions, the mystery stays.

However this small walnut table embodie a remarkable exemple of the Humanist current applied to Renaissance furnishing. With its refined architecture, its practical dimensions and soft patina our table is an elegant and alluring piece of furniture.

ORIGIN : FRANCE, SOUTH-WEST REGION
Period: Late 16th century, CA. 15801580

Height : 77 cm
Length : 68 cm
Thickness of the table-top : 3 cm

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