Gilded people frittering life away holding things up. 17th and 18th century. All French.

Cabinet on stand (detail). Louis XIV. ca. 1660-1680.
Cabinet on stand (detail). Louis XIV. ca. 1660-1680. Gilt metal mounted, pewter, tortoiseshell, stained horn. inlaid ebony, marquetry. parcel-gilt and a silvered stand. In the manner of Pierre Gole. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-louis-xiv-gilt-metal-mounted-pewter-tortoiseshell-and-6062638-details.aspx
"The Three Graces" mantel clock. 18th c. Gilt bronze.
“The Three Graces” mantel clock. 18th c. Gilt bronze. Thought to have been made under the supervision of Parisian marchand-mercier, Simon-Philippe Poirier who lived from 1720 to 1785. Image © Barnebys Group AB. Fair use license. via https://www.barnebys.com/blog/the-three-graces-come-to-the-market-for-the-first-time-since-1989/
Table de milieu aux cariatides. ca. 1680.
Table de milieu aux cariatides. ca. 1680. Gilding, ebony and marquetry. Attributed to Pierre Gole. Image © 2019 Anticstore. Fair use license. via https://www.anticstore.com/table-milieu-aux-cariatides-attribuee-pierre-gole-62603P
Candélabres "aux vestales." Louis XVI.
Candélabres “aux vestales.” Louis XVI. Gilt bronze. Attributed to François Rémond (c. 1747-1812). Image © Paris Enchères – Collin du Bocage. Fair use license. via http://www.collindubocage.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=8309199&np=22&lng=fr&npp=20&ordre=3&aff=1&r=
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