A Magnificent Pair of Mirrors
The origins of the Palazzo Serristori go back to the year 1515, when Lorenzo Averardo acquired a piece of land on the banks of the Arno. Over the centuries, the palazzo saw many influential visitors and residents, such as Gioacchino Murat, the Austrian Count Apponyi, minister, as well as some family members of Napoleon Buonaparte, Jerome, King of Westphalia, and later King Joseph and his whole family.In the second half of the 19th century, Count Alfred Serristori commissioned the architect Falciani to restore and restructure the palazzo, which his nephew Alberto Serristori continued in the following years. Alberto was a great art collector, which was evident in the sumptuous objects in the palazzo that had been collected over decades. The Palazzo Serristori mainly reflects the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially in the splendid ballroom.
It is a great pleasure for us to offer two extraordinarily designed and executed mirrors from such a significant Florentine provenance. In the course of time, this pair adorned different rooms of the Palazzo, as documented in an accompanying photo book.
The fine carving and coloring as well as the patina of the wonderful leaf gilding underlines the mirror’s splendidness.
Overall an elegantly executed design with cornice elements and segments and a stunningly elaborated decoration. The arched, original mirror plate has a charming patina, the moulded inner frame with Acanthus decoration, foliate corner segments in the upper part, and is eventually flanked by two beautiful flower garlands on each side; raised on a golden-black, slightly re-entrant base, the lower sides with foliate decorated scrolls surmounted by two vividly elaborated Aries heads.
The mirrors are surmounted by a richly decorated cornice with a mischievously laughing, very elaborate carved aries head in the center, flanked by finely, vividly carved Acanthus leaves.
Magnificent Mirrors of that kind and aristocratic provenience are very rare to find on the market, especially as a pair.