Lot 29: A Mirror with Zeus, Italy, late 17th C.
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Wood, carved, gilt, mirror glass, gilt wire
Italy, late 17th century
Rectangular mirror frame with revolving tendrils and leafage, partial flanked by flower garlands
The crest with a scrollwork cartouche, putti at both sides, above Zeus on a eagle throwing lightnings
Original mirror glass
Dimensions: 184.5 x 109.5 cm
In the 16th and 17th century mirrors were compounded of particularly glass plates, which were expensive and rare. Murano was the center of flat and colorless glass production. In the end of the 17th century Louis XIV established his own glass foundry in Tourlaville, where a glaze technique was developed to produce larger glass plates. Whole European glass founders followed by this technique. Hall of mirrors established at the courts; the most famous one is presumably this in Versailles. The framing of the mirror was often elaborated and precious decorated with Putten, masks, scrollworks and floral motifs or even artful carved with a top. To strengthen light reflex the mirror was gilt or silvered. Larger mirrors were mounted above the chimney or at the wall between windows. The mirror developed to a highlight in an interior and delighted all people by its fascination to reflect itself.
The mirror with its crest and side elements is in age-related condition. The gilding is rubbed resp. flaked off in places and shows some bumping marks and losses. The frame is partially wormy (inactive) and shows some tension cracks. Some restorations in the area of the crest. The reverse of the Zeus figure with loose elements and losses. (ala)
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