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Danish/German 18th Century Giltwood Rococo Mirror with Ho Ho Bird
A rare and stunning antique 18th century giltwood and gesso Rococo mirror from Schleswig-Holstein, crested by a graceful Ho Ho bird feeding on a cluster of grapes, flanked by classical mythological motifs of more grapes, golden eggs, and a bow and quiver at the base. A beautiful example of the influence of the fascination of the period with Chinoisierie (e.g. also seen in Chippendale) and other Near Eastern and East Asian motifs and mythologies. The Schleswig-Holstein region of Denmark/Germany was known for its excellence in mirror craftsmanship in the 18th century, requiring a detailed apprenticeship with a master craftsman in order to qualify to create such a mirror. This example is particularly rare and particularly beautiful in its large size and detailed carving. Similar pieces appear in museums in Germany and the motifs hearken to those used in the It is also noteworthy for the dual tone of its gilding, in both the regular gold tones and then a mainly untarnished silver tone, which may indicate the original use of white gold leaf. Good antique condition. Structurally sound. Age appropriate wear, chips, losses to gilding and minor repairs to carvings. The bow is partly missing from the base carving. The golden tones of gilding have clearly seen several layers, and were re-worked probably sometime in the early 20th century, while the white/silver tones look to be original. Plate of later date, with some minor blemishes.
- Of the Period
- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacturecirca 1750
- Materials and Techniques
- Condition DetailsPlease see description and pictures. We are always happy to send more pictures and we invite you to our showroom to view this spectacular mirror in person.
- WearWear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages.
- DimensionsH 53 in. x W 27 in. x D 3.5 in.H 134.62 cm x W 68.58 cm x D 8.89 cm
- Seller LocationCold Spring, NY
- Reference NumberLU302839257803
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