Lots 246 - 248 are typical of the work of Peter Schmuckert (1765 - 1841) Peter Schmuckert, originally trained as a gilder in Mannheim where he opened a workshop in 1787. He became specialised in the production of giltwood mirrors with applied gesso ornament. He enjoyed great success in Germany as well as abroad. He was commissioned in the refurbishment of the Mannheimer Schloss and the Neue Schloss Baden.
Schmuckert's mirrors are typically a stylist mix of Empire and earlier classical influences. Though the main form of the mirrors follow the Empire examples, it is the friezes which most readily identify his work. Typical frieze decorations of Schmuckert are oak leaves, roses, vine and grape-motifs and floral motifs. It is these 'romantic' motifs that lend a warmth to his work very unlike the formality of the French Empire.
Cf. Weltkunst Nr. 5/2001, S. Spindler, Peter Schmuckert, p. 808 ff.
R. Stratmann-Döhler, W. Wiese, Möbel für den Fürstenhof, Sigmaringen, 1994, p. 36-37.
W. Eller, Möbel des Klassizismus, Louis XVI und Empire, Munich, 2002, p. 88, 283.