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The objects in this gallery, dating from the reign of Louis XIV (1638–1715), are made of such precious materials as tropical woods, shells, and gilt bronze. Known as the Sun King, Louis was one of the longest reigning and most powerful monarchs in France.

Featured Artwork of the Day: Attributed to Charles Le Brun (French, Paris 1619–1690 Paris) | Border probably designed by Jean Lemoyen le Lorrain (1637/38–1709) | Probably made at the Convent of Saint Joseph-de-la-Providence, Paris | Seasons and Elements (set of four) | 
ca. 1683 | http://met.org/2x9CpVW

Cité d'après The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York