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    Sale 3786

    The Collection of Carroll Petrie & European Decorative Arts from the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, including the Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection

    31 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1210

    A CENTRAL EUROPEAN GOLD-PAINTED MIRROR

    19TH CENTURY

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    A CENTRAL EUROPEAN GOLD-PAINTED MIRROR
    19TH CENTURY
    With shaped beveled plate within a scrolling frame headed by mask cresting, the reverse with French export stamp and paper label inscribed Schloss Schillersdorf and 2443
    43 in. (109 cm.) high, 29 in. (73.5 cm.) wide


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    This mirror has label for Schloss Schillersdorf, the vast hunting estate in Silesia of the Austrian Rothschilds. It was purchased by Salomon de Rothschild (d.1911) in 1843 shortly after he was made a citizen of Vienna. His sons, Baron Alphonse (1878-1942) and Baron Louis Nathaniel (1882-1995) continued to use it, especially Louis Nathaniel, who was a renowned sportsman. It was confiscated first by the Nazis and then after World War II by the communist Czechoslovakian government, which converted it to a hotel training center which it remains today.

    Provenance

    Probably Albert de Rothschild (1844-1911).
    Schloss Schillersdorf, Germany (now Czech Republic).
    Acquired from Georges de Batz, New York, in 1959.
    Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection.