Depicting children symbolizing astronomy, this plaque was probably intended as frieze ornament for a piece of furniture. Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806) and other cabinetmakers working in the Neoclassical style used this kind of delightful allegorical scene to embellish secretaries, commodes, and tables. The lugs on the back are for invisible attachment from the rear.
Georges Hoentschel (until 1906; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906; to MMA)
Artist: André Charles Boulle (French, Paris 1642–1732 Paris)Date: ca. 1710–20Medium: Walnut veneered with ebony, marquetry of engraved brass and tortoiseshell, gilt-bronze mounts, verd antique marbleAccession: 1982.60.82On view in:Gallery 542