A North European carved and gilt mirror

A North European carved and gilt mirror

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Reference

1098

A fine early 19th century South German carved and gilt pier mirror in the neo-classical style, headed with a carved depiction of the goddess Ceres resting on a border of egg and dart flanked by lion's masks, the frame decorated with fruiting vines finished in two tones of gilding with a carved pearl border.

In the manner of Peter Schmuckert (1765 - 1841)

Peter Schmuckert was from Mannheim in Southwestern Germany. Trained as a gilder, he set up his workshop in 1787 and bought out the Elector of Mainz's silvering machines and mirror factory. His use of neo-classical elements in his furniture are particularly influenced by the designs of Joseph Beunat and his catalogue of architectural decorations in the Empire style, Recueil des dessins d'ornements d'architecture, 1816.

A related pair of mirrors sold Christie's King Street, 'Lyon Demesne Works of Art from the Collection of the Late Dr. Tony Ryan', 14th July 2011, lot 126.

Dimensions:

Height 201 cm / 79 332"
Width 83 cm / 32 34"
Depth 9 cm / 3 12"
Year

circa 1815

Country

German

Provenance

Otto von Mitzlaff at TEFAF Mallett at Bourdon House

Condition

The gilding overall original, some areas retouched. Later lower plate.

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