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The Cucci Cabinet – A Royal Gift – Sells for 4.5 Million Pounds

LONDON.- Combining superb Florentine pietre dure plaques with opulent gilt bronze mounts, elaborate marquetry and beautifully modeled figurative carving, this cabinet is a superb example of the magnificent cabinets produced in Paris in the mid-17th-century. Almost certainly given to Queen Hedvig Eleonora of Sweden, or indeed commissioned by her, it is one of only very few surviving cabinets executed at the Royal Gobelins workshops in Paris. It illustrates