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    Sale 7464

    Un hôtel particulier du Faubourg Saint-Germain The Collection of The Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel

    21 - 22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 300

    AN IBERIAN GILTWOOD AND PAINTED MIRROR

    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY

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    AN IBERIAN GILTWOOD AND PAINTED MIRROR
    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY
    The later rectangular plate bordered by a raised field of scrolling foliage and marbelised camels surmounted by scallop shell cresting on a cross-hatched ground flanked by blackamoor figures and hippocamps, the apron with a later foliate spray, redecorated
    41 in. (104 cm.) high; 42 in. (107 cm.) wide


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    A shell-crowned and reed-enriched cartouche, celebrating Love's triumph and the Element of Water, encloses the rectangular frame, which displays jewelled tablets of trompe l'oeil marble and foliate shells bound by gadrooned reeds in the spandrels. Native figures perch on the trussed, wave-scrolled and ribbon-banded pilasters of the cartouche, which is incised with lozenged trellis, evoking Rome's Temple of Venus, and supported by chimerical hippocamps, celebrating the triumph of the water-deity Neptune.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of Violet Tréfusis (d.1972), daughter of Alice Keppel. Possibly from her Florentine villa or La Tour de St. Loup de Naud, France.
    Purchased from Galerie Kugel, Paris, circa 1975.


    Literature

    S. Roche (trans. C. Duckworth), Mirrors, Paris, 1956, and London, 1957, figs. 131 and 132.