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Lot 102: A NORTH ITALIAN MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID PARCEL-GILT AND GILT-JAPANNED MIRROR

Christie's

December 12, 2002
London, United Kingdom

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Venice, circa 1720 The later rectangular plate in a stiff-leaf carved and eared frame, decorated with sprays of flowers, surmounted by a pierced rockwork cartouche flanked by scrolling acanthus, refreshments to the decoration 59 in. (150 cm.) high; 39 in. (99 cm.) wide NOTES This mirror, richly decorated with exotic chinoiserie motifs and mother-of-pearl, typifies the fascination Venetian craftsmen had for the alluring products of the Orient, made available through Venice's extensive trade contacts with the East. A Venetian mirror in the National Gallery, Prague, with closely related delicate japanned decoration in combination with mother-of-pearl inlay, but without the exuberant giltwood crestings of this example, is illustrated in H. Huth, Lacquer of the West, Chicago, 1971, figs. 103-4, while a mirror with similar japanned cartouches to the cresting is illustrated in G. Child, World Mirrors, London, 1990, p. 261, fig. 548. A related mirror, but a simpler version without cresting, in the Gemƒldegalerie, Staatliche Museen, Berlin-Dahlem, is illustrated in A. Gonz lez-Palacios, Il Tempio del Gusto, Il Granducato di Toscana e gli Stati Settentrionali, vol.II, Milan, 1986, p.335, ill.714. A pair of related Venetian mirrors was sold anonymously in these Rooms, 21 June 2000, lot 150 (œ196,250), while another mirror was sold anonymously in these Rooms, 5 July 2001, lot 45 (œ42,300).

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