Oil on panel with parquetry representing an episode from one of Queen Cleopatra's banquets.
Pliny the Elder tells that the queen ended one of her famous dinners by dissolving one of the world's largest twin pearls in vinegar and drank this drink. This episode has become a common representation in Cleopatra's iconography, illustrating the theme of waste as much as the irresistible charm of the sovereign, which is illustrated in her banquets organised by her to display the luxury of her court and impress her guests.
France, around 1630, surrounded by Claude Deruet.
Very good condition, parquet flooring, original giltwood frame. 45,5x 37,5