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A German silver-gilt and silver mounted mirror
circa 1735
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A German silver-gilt and silver mounted mirror
circa 1735
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A German silver-gilt and silver mounted mirror
circa 1735

Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:
H. Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, Munich, 1970, Vol. II, , figs. 327 and 345, for two examples of Augsburg silver mirrors.

The silvering of furniture was popular in the courts of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Silver and silvered furniture was made to dazzle the spectator and proclaim the grandeur of the royal residences. Many of the silversmiths originated from Hamburg and Augsburg aswell as Paris. The term applied to silver furniture does not only include pieces made from solid silver but pieces applied with silver plates or mouldings. Few pieces of this furniture survive other than in palaces or museums, as for example, Louis XIV had all his silver furniture at Versailles melted down to replenish his depleted French treasury.

For a related mirror see Sotheby's, London, 8th June 2005, lot 113.

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