Henry Harvard, Dictionnaire de l'Ameublement et de la Décoration 'Depuis le XVIIIe siècle jusqu'a nos jours, vol. XI, Paris, p. 387, for a line engraving of this model
This Renaissance model is probably drawn from the Crystal mirror presented to François 1er in 1538, mentioned in the Dépenses secrètes de François 1er. It is interesting to note Giovanni Battista Gatti exhibited two Renaissance style mirrors at the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle, both purchased by the pioneering Victoria & Albert Museum (nos. 670-1878 and 695-1870).
Overall in very good condition. Finely carved with almost no discoloration from environmental effects. Age crack in proper upper right and lower left corner. Mounted on off white silk. The back of frame with a rubbing, transcription and translation of a French poem indicating that the back of the plaque has such an inscription. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.