Magnificent Standing Mirror 19th Century
This very rare Standing or Tilting Mirror is of exceptional, high-quality craftsmanship, exquisitely carved and leaf gilded.Raised from a richly ornamental and Acanthus leaves decorated base, scrolling feet with little wheels, and connected by a Rocaille embellished joint. Two beautifully carved and richly decorated rising pillars, terminating in very finely crafted, winged dragons, support the gilt framed mirror plate on both side with large, embellished fittings.
The exquisitely carved, richly decorated mirror frame has a wonderfully crafted cartouche on the lower part and finishes in a lavishly executed crown in the rococo style. Ornaments, sea waves, cartouche shaped elements, and vividly carved dragons are exquisitely combined and once again show the extraordinary craftsmanship of this stunning object of significant provenance.
Inventory label: Schloss — Inventar Karlsruhe
An impressive, extremely rare piece with outstanding provenance!
More about the history:
The Karlsruhe Schloss (castle), built in the Baroque style at the beginning of 1715, was from then on the residence of Margrave Karl Wilhelm von Baden-Durlach. Up until 1918 it served as a residential palace for the Margraves and Grand Dukes of Baden, Germany. In the years 1843 to 1847, Grand Duke Leopold (1790−1852) restructured parts of the Karlsruhe castle. The furniture was adapted to the zeitgeist of the time and redesigned with objects from the 1840s. Grand Duke Friedrich I (1826 — 1907) then redesigned the former apartments of Elector Carl Friedrich (1728 — 1811) and Louise Caroline von Hochberg (1768 — 1820) in the Rococo style for his wife Luise Princess of Prussia (1838 — 1923).
This magnificent mirror, which was probably commissioned by the Electoral House, also dates from this era.