Rectangular frame, the upper part arched, in wood called Bagard, finely carved with acanthus at the corners, foliage and flowers on the main molding. The pediment is decorated with two birds, the lower part shows a pelican feeding its young, a Eucharistic symbol. The interior border is decorated with wolf's teeth and the exterior is bordered by a frieze of leaves.
Lorraine, circa 1700
The wood known as St. Lucia is a type of cherry, a soft wood suitable for being worked with refinement in the taste of goldsmiths, whose forms and ornamental style it often takes. This material is associated with the work of the Nancy sculptor César Bagard (1620-1709), and was used for the realization of devotional objects and tobacco rasps, but also for the decoration of the dressing table, traditionally in silver until the sumptuary edicts of the end of the XVIIth century, which theoretically forbade its use.
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