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The Odyssey Cabinet

The Odyssey Cabinet, ebony, Paris c.1650

Royal and aristocratic interiors of the 17th century often featured large ebony cabinets resting on supports. In addition to the precious wood from which they were made, they generally featured exquisitely-sculptured panels. Exhibited in the salon of Francis I, the decorated interior of the so-called Odyssey Cabinet is taken from Théodore Van Thulden’s engravings of scenes painted by Primaticcio and his assistants on the ceiling of the Ulysses Gallery in the Château de Fontainebleau.

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