"Still Life Canine, Close Of The Seventeenth Century-early Eighteenth Century, French School"The painter here, unidentified, has what should adorn a beautiful house around 1700. A small dog faithful to the hostess, set on a rich embroidered silk cushion with gold braid and gold trimmings, urn silver and gold, a ewer in gold or gilded bronze in the taste of the silversmith Nicolas Delaunay, a musical instrument and a score. The set is placed on a table covered with a rich oriental rugs. Fun fact, in the manner of an aristocratic portrait, the scene is closed by a large golden curtain trimmings. Opulent scenes tempted to vanity, recalling the brevity of life, the transience of time and the inevitable death, still life are the specialty of the Northern Schools in the seventeenth century. Yet France also develops this theme by putting more emphasis on the demonstration of wealth, the riot of colors and gold, as well as scholarly accumulation of luxury objects. François Desportes is the perfect representative. Sun with frame (H x L). 119 x 92 cm.