Sledge with Mythological frieze
Sledge with Mythological frieze, Second half of the 18th century, Liège (Belgium), wood, sheet, metal. Musée du Cinquantenaire (Brussels, Belgium). Made with ReMake and ReCap from AutoDesk.
The crate, semi-circular at the back, marries, at the front, the shape of a shell painted in silver gray. The enveloping back is lined with blue fabric. The seat cushion conceals a storage compartment. The outside of the box is painted in imitation of a reddish-brown and beige marble, bordered by a frieze where mythological creatures of light shade contrast against the dark background. The molded skates describe a pretty S movement and present, at their junction, a carved openwork floral pattern. The ornamental repertoire of this sled, combining elements Louis XV and Louis XVI, encourages to locate it in the second half of the eighteenth century.
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