Fauveau; to curry favour

Fauveau; to curry favour

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Caption: Fauveau; to curry favour, Whole folio An emblematical miniature showing it is necessary to know how to handle things, 'to rub people up the right way'. This is based on the moral satire 'Roman de Fauvel' of Gervais Du Bus, where those who curry a fauveau are flatterers and opportunists. The fauveau is a symbolic horse, with a chestnut coat, the colour of duplicity. Each of the letters comprising its name is the initial of a word for the French term for a major contemporary vice. The scene illustrates a love poem dedicated by Pierre Sala to Marguerite Builloud Image taken from Love Poems. Originally published in France; early 16th century.

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