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Panel

Date:
ca. 1520–40
Culture:
French
Medium:
Carved oak
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 37 3/4 x 23 3/4 x 1 1/8 in., 11 lb. (95.9 x 60.3 x 2.9 cm, 5 kg)
Classification:
Woodwork
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.139.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
The crown, initial F, and salamander engulfed in flames are emblematic of François I, who reigned from 1515 to 1547. Considered impervious to fire, the salamander symbolized the king’s constancy and integrity as a ruler. Carved in wood or stone, variations on this device figured prominently in the decoration of François’s châteaux, including Fontainebleau and Chambord.
[ Kelekian , until 1951; sold to MMA ]
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