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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 562

    A SWEDISH GILT-LEAD AND BLUE AND CLEAR-GLASS MIRROR

    EARLY 18TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF BURCHARD PRECHT

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    A SWEDISH GILT-LEAD AND BLUE AND CLEAR-GLASS MIRROR
    EARLY 18TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF BURCHARD PRECHT
    The opposing C-scroll blue glass cresting surmounted by a flower-filled Medici vase, above a foliate and scroll-bordered arched bevelled plate, above a rectangular bevelled plate within a carved border within divided etched clear glass slips with foliate clasps
    51¾ in. (131.5 cm.) x 25½ in. (65 cm.)


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    This elegant mirror, with its blue glass cresting is characteristic of the work of Burchard Precht (d. 1738). The Precht family is synonymous with the production of mirrors in Sweden in the early part of the 18th Century, and numerous examples are attributed to either Burchard Precht or his sons Gustav (d. 1763) and Christian (d. 1779). Originally from Bremen, Burchard Precht arrived in Stockholm in 1674 to work at Drottingholm Palace and was named carver to the court in 1682. In 1687-88 he travelled to Rome and Paris with the court architect Nicodemus Tessin, which strongly influenced his work and led to many ecclesiastical commissions. His sons also achieved great success, with Christian becoming an important silversmith in Sweden during the mid-18th Century.

    A closely related mirror was formerly in the Wrightsman collection (F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, II, New York, 1966, no. 209, pl. 395), whilst similar examples are illustrated in S. Roche et al., Mirrors, New York, 1985, col. pl. VII and T. Sylvén and E. Welander-Berggren, Speglar Speglmakare & Fabrikrer i Sverige 1650-1850, Stockholm, 2000, pp. 194, 196-197.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Kugel, Paris.