An impressive Italian late 17th century giltwood mirror

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An impressive Italian late 17th century giltwood mirror

Sold for £ 37,500 (US$ 47,145) inc. premium
An impressive Italian late 17th century giltwood mirror
the rectangular bevelled mirror plate within an elaborately-carved frame with scrolling foliage, the cresting with three putti holding a flower-filled basket, the sides and apron with further putti, joined by foliate garlands and swags, regilt, 160cm wide, 220cm high (62 1/2in wide, 86 1/2in high).

Footnotes

  • This type of imposing boldly carved scrolling-acanthus mirror was produced in various centres in Italy including Lombardy, Veneto and Rome in the late 17th century. The decorative scheme is derived from engravings such as those executed by the Roman ornementalist Filippo Passarini (1638-1698) taken from his pattern book published in Rome in 1698 called 'Nuove inventioni d'ornamenti d'architettura e d'intagli diversi utili ad argentieri intagliatori ricamatori ed altri professori delle buone arti del disegno', or from designs by Giovanni Paolo Schor, circa 1670, now in the Museum der Bildenden Künste in Leipzig, Germany. Designs and drawings relating to this type of mirror can also be found in the Fondazione Fantoni in Rovetta, Italy.

    Literature:
    Enrico Colle, Il Mobile Barocco in Italia, Arredi e Decorazioni d'Interni dal 1600 al 1738, Milano, 2000, p.110, pl.24; p.386, pl.96 and p.112.
    Clelia Alberici, Il Mobile Lombardo, Milano, 1969, pp.96-97.
    Goffredo Lizzani, Il Mobile Romano, Milano, 1970, the cover and p. 68, ill. 105.
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An impressive Italian late 17th century giltwood mirror
An impressive Italian late 17th century giltwood mirror
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