Rokoko - pair of mirrors

Rokoko - pair of mirrors

Limewood, fine carved, original polycromy, partly guilded

Bayreuth, about 1750

Prov.: collection Fischer-Böhler

 

A very typical rococo-­‐work, the overall form reminiscent of a marine snail, most like the original source of inspiration (e.g. the purple dye murex or Bolinus brandaris). Such small mirrors often came in pairs and were found in almost all rooms. The served as a tool for quickly checking one's looks wherever deemed necessary. i.e. practically everywhere. One tried to avoid all embarrassment, everything had to be in its proper place.

The carving , especially the big double flowered roses, is exquisitely fine and the white-­‐ based coloring as well as the gilding are reminiscent of the console thought to be connected to Margravine Wilhelmine.

Just as the form of the marine snail points to the animal kingdom, the floral ornaments invoke the plants, so we have both of the then known realms of life. In the center we find man (mirror image), so the whole of creation is present, one we look into the mirror.


 


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