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    Sale 7710

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics Including Property from The Palazzo of a Milanese Noble Family

    19 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 73

    A NORTH ITALIAN GILTWOOD AND ETCHED GLASS MIRROR

    POSSIBLY PIEDMONTESE, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A NORTH ITALIAN GILTWOOD AND ETCHED GLASS MIRROR
    POSSIBLY PIEDMONTESE, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The upper section with central cartouche etched with the arms of Carlo Archinto, conte di Tainate
    107 in. (271.8 cm.) high; 59½ in. (151 cm.) wide


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    This imposing mirror with giltwood and gesso frame is set with pierced recesses and border-glass finely etched with lambrequins, mythological figures and cornered by cameo portraits. With its large plate and profuse decoration it dates from the second-half of the nineteenth century but very much recalls the Baroque style of a century prior. A closely related mirror of similar proportions, with comparable engraved borders and cresting centred by a coat-of-arms, is illustrated in G. Child, World Mirrors 1650-1900, London, 1990, p. 290 pl. 653.

    The arms to the centre of the cresting belong to Carlo Archinto, Conte di Tainate (1669-1732), a Milanese nobleman and member of a prominent banking family. He founded the Accademia dei Cavalieri in Milan and was awarded the prestigious Ordine del Toson d'oro, the emblem of which, a gold collar, he sold to fund the building of a chapel in Corbetta. This and other generous bequests helped ensure his lasting legacy in the region.

    Stylistic similarities between the carved giltwood elements of this mirror and the console (lot 72), notably the masks and the beaded-gesso molding of the strapwork and frames, suggest that the two may be from the same workshop, and that the mirror might have originally been intended to hang above the console.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE PALAZZO OF A MILANESE NOBLE FAMILY (LOTS 30-83)