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Item: #X1307 Marquetry Desk

Wonder of wonders at the French court. The replica of this bureau Mazarin, a 17th-century desk form, is named after Louis XIV’s prime minister, the powerful Cardinal Jules Mazarin.

Designed as a showpiece rather than for actual use, nearly the entire surface of this delicate table is covered with ebony and inlaid with a colorful veneer of various exotic materials.

An elaborate array of objects decorates the surface, including figures, birds and vases of fruit and flowers.

Eight legs highlighted with gold leaf support the whole; cross braces between the legs, forming two Xs on each side; seven drawers and a door compartment master the frame.

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