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Plaque

This plaque shows a group of Bacchanalian infants playing with a donkey. It was carved out of ivory in the 1600s by the Flemish sculptor, Francois du Quesnoy, who worked in Italy where he was known as `Il Fiammingo' (`the Fleming'). De Quesnoy's ivory carvings and sculptures were admired in the 17th century for the way in which they captured the monochrome beauty of ancient marbles, then much in d…