A CARLOS IV NEOCLASSICAL GILT-METAL AND PINK MARBLE VENEERED MIRROR, BILBAO CIRCA 1780
the crest with a oil painted copper tablet of a port scene in the manner of Vernet, below an urn issuing scrolling garlands, the gilt beaded banded plate flanked by Corinthian columns
188cm. high, 75cm. wide, 12cm. deep; 6ft. 2in., 2ft. 5½in., 4¾in.
This beautiful mirror is in overall reasonable condition. There is a loose veneer to the pilaster on the right handside and with a small loss. There are cracks to the marble as expected. The gilding has small chips and losses. The metal garlands with some losses to gilding. Small losses and minor marks and scratches consistent with age and use. The mirror plate possibly replaced but with signs of age. The charming painted panel in overall good condition with no losses or signs of repainting, an even craquelure throughout and with a varnish that has yellowed.
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The production of these types of mirrors is traditionally attributed to Bilbao in northern Spain. This mirror stands out in this production for its large scale and for incorporating a good quality oil painting to its crest. A related mirror is in the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, in Madrid (inv. no. CE06007). Another example was sold Sotheby's New York, 3 October 2008, lot 346.