9158 A FINE GILTWOOD AND ENGRAVED GLASS RÉGENCE PERIOD MIRROR RETAINING ITS ORIGINAL GILDING Probably Lohr. Circa 1725. Measurements: Height: 60″ (152 cm) Width: 25 1/2″ (64.5 cm) Depth: 2 1/4″ (5.5 cm)
Of giltwood. The mirror surmounted by a shaped cresting with scrolling foliate frame terminating in festoons surrounding divided glass panels engraved with flowers, the cresting above a replaced arched mirror plate, the mirror plate with a border of stylized foliate carving flanking glass plates centred by engraved flowers and divided by stylized foliate brackets, the mirror terminating in shaped apron with possibly old replaced glass engraved with flowers inside a stylized foliate frame. Witness sockets for two lacking small finials to top ‘shoulders’.
This mirror, which retains its original gilding is related to a pair of looking glass’ attributed to the Spiegelmanufaktur at Lohr which form part of the collection of the princely baroque palace of Schloss Fasanerie, just to the south of the cathedral town of Fulda at the heart of Germany.1
Those mirrors hang in the Small Saloon of the Schloss among the private apartments of the Prince Abbots who built the house. That development began in 1710 for Prince Abbot Adalbert von Scleifrass, but the house was extended in both the 1730s, by Prince Abbot Adolph von Dalberg, and again between 1739 and 1750 by Prince Abbot Amandus von Buseck. It was at this date that the Schloss assumed its present appearance with massive pavilions and imposing Mansard roofs, facing a series of grand reception areas and apartments which form the setting for a collection of furniture and works of art of great grandeur and sophistication.2
1 Heinrich Kreisel, Die Kunst Des Deutschen Möbels, Spätbarock und Rokoko, Munchen (1970), fig. 216.
2 Marcus Binney, Schloss Fasanerie, Hesse –I, Country Life, January 27, 1977, Volume CLXI No. 4152, p. 187 189 fig. 8.