Twelve individual, very old painted and gilded panels and before you even ask; how were they used, I have absolutely no IDEA? However, the hand carved wood panels, have the most amazing patina and an incredible old and worn green stain, that they just spoke to us. The rope detailing, at the top of each panel, is actually hand carved wood, that appears to have been gilded when new, but most likely was exposed to coal soot from a fireplace, similar to what you might see on a gilded mantel mirror. The set of 12 hand carved panels, were found near the town of La Rochelle, which is located on the Bay of Biscay, which is part of the Atlantic Ocean. La Rochelle dates from the 10th century and was first recorded in 1961 as Rupella.