Malachite is one of a number of semiprecious minerals native to Russia. Though this fireplace appears to be carved from a single large chunk of malachite, it is actually composed of many small pieces fit together to look uniform.
Detail of the state apartment (reiche Zimmer) of the Residenz in Munich. Francois de Cuvillies was responsible for the decoration of these rooms in the residence of the Electors, later Kings, of Bavaria. He collaborated with other famous artists at Court.