Royal and aristocratic interiors in the 17th century often featured large ebony cabinets resting on supports. In addition to the precious wood from which they were made, they generally featured exquisitely sculptured panels. The decorated interior of the so-called Odyssey Cabinet, exhibited in the François I Salon is taken from Théodore Van Thulden’s engravings of scenes painted by Primaticcio and his assistants on the ceiling of the Ulysses Gallery in the Château de Fontainebleau.


  • Title: The Odyssey Cabinet
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1650
  • Physical Dimensions: w1800 x h2000 x d580 cm
  • Original Title: Cabinet de l'Odyssée
  • Type: Furniture
  • Rights: (c) Château de Fontainebleau - RMN/Jean-Pierre Lagiewski, http://www.photo.rmn.fr/cf/htm/CSearchZ.aspx?o=&Total=1&FP=13381141&E=2K1KTSGJ8NS7I&SID=2K1KTSGJ8NS7I&New=T&Pic=1&SubE=2C6NU0HJ77HH
  • External Link: http://www.chateau-de-fontainebleau.com/Cabinet-de-l-Odyssee
  • Medium: Ebony, rosewood, gilt bronze, mirror

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