• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 305

    A PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN CLEAR AND COBALT BLUE GLASS MIRRORS

    VENICE, PROBABLY SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN CLEAR AND COBALT BLUE GLASS MIRRORS
    VENICE, PROBABLY SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Each with a rectangular plate within a foliate-decorated surround interspersed with oval medallions depicting putti, with floral rosettes to the corners, surmounted by a shaped pierced cresting centred by a conformingly engraved further panel, restorations and replacements, the crestings apparently rebacked, minor losses to glass
    6ft.4 in. x 46½ in. (193 cm. x 118 cm.) (2)


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    G. Morazzoni illustrates a closely related mirror in the Museo Vetrario, Murano (Il Mobile Veneziano del '700, Vol. II, Milan, 1958, Pl. CCXXVIII). Among the related examples sold at auction, a pair of etched and cobalt glass mirrors was sold from the Property of the Fifth Earl of Rosebery's Trust Settlement, Sotheby's London, 14 June 1991, lot 22, while a further related mirror featuring virtually identical cresting and putti-decorated medallions, was sold anonymously at Christie's, London, 12 December 1985, lot 123.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, 2 October 1993, lot 108.