Early 17th century French School painting priced €8500 by Galerie La Crédence.

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The Carré is named after a group of streets in the 6th and 7th arrondissements between the Seine and the Boulevard Saint Germain. The area has its own dealers’ association, which has organised the Carré Rive Gauche annual event since 1977.

With the disruption caused by Covid-19, a high number of galleries are taking part this year – around 74 from a total of 90 in the district.

The event runs from June 9-13, with galleries offering a selection of pieces, from ceramics, jewellery and silverware to Asian artworks, furniture and Modern and Contemporary art. An online marketplace is available for those unable to attend via the association’s new multi-lingual website.

Galerie La Crédence, located on rue des Saints Pères, is selling an early 17th century French School oil priced at €8500. It depicts an episode told by Pliny the Elder from one of Cleopatra’s lavish banquets where she dissolved a large pearl from a pair of earrings in a goblet of vinegar, before gulping it down.