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One of the rarest and greatest technical achievements of the eighteenth century was German glass beadwork from Braunschweig and Johann Michael van Selow was considered to be its finest exponent. Originally from the Netherlands, van Selow worked under the Royal patronage of Duke Carl I of Braunschweig. His glass beadwork table tops depict still lifes or landscapes and he often combined them with English bases. Although he was even granted a ducal privilege for the production of his tables, the factory was in existence less than twenty years (1755-1772) and few examples of this colourful beadwork exist. Examples of van Selow's work can be seen in the collection of the Städtisches Museum in Braunschweig and in the collection of the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle in Yorkshire.
Perhaps the grandest example of this beadwork technique exists in a salon of the Chinese Palace at the Oranienbaum complex of palaces near St. Petersburg. Built in the 1760's by Antonio Rinaldi for Catherine the Great, the room contains panels depicting fantastic rococo chinoiserie scenes of embroidered and painted silk, perhaps after the designs of Jean Pillement, which are surrounded by large panels woven of blue, mauve and pink glass beads.
A beadwork table from the Van Selow workshop was sold from the Collection of Arne Schlesch, Sotheby's, New York, 5th April 2000, lot 336; while another closely related table attributed to Van Selow was sold from the Royal House of Hanover, Sotheby's House Sale, Schloss Marienburg, 8th October 2005, lot 1465.
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