The decoration of the front panel combines motifs from French and Flemish ornament prints. The figure in the central oval represents Mars or another personification of war.
[Frédéric Spitzer, Paris, by 1882–d. 1890; his estate sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, June 10–14, 1895, no. 396, for Fr 1,200 to William Henry Riggs]; William Henry Riggs, Paris (1895–1914; his gift to MMA).