Pillar mirror,sold

Nr. 1472

Pillar mirror
Early Biedermeier
around 1815.

Walnut wood veneered on softwood corpus. Blackened pediment with gilded applications depicting a mythological sacrificial scene of the gods. Fine gold paintings and delicate inlays in the pedestal.

Simple graceful mirror in original condition.

Original glass, original patina.

Height: 129 cm | Width: 54.5 cm

The relief is a classicist depiction of an ancient fire sacrifice, to close the offered vegetable offerings apparently to a smoke victim.

Pillar mirror early Biedermeier

The German term “Pfeilerspiegel” translates to “pillar mirror” in English. The Biedermeier-style were rectangular mirrors mounted on narrow, column-like pillars. They were often used as part of fireplace coverings or furniture and were a popular decorative element during the Biedermeier period.

The mirror’s frame was often made of dark wood such as mahogany or walnut and had a simple, elegant shape. Occasionally, embellishments such as small carvings or inlays were added to decorate the frame.

In the case of this mirror, it features a classicist depiction of an ancient sacrificial offering as an ornament, with the offered plant-based sacrifices suggesting a burnt offering.

The pillars on which the mirror rested were often slim and columnar in design and adorned with classical details such as capitals or bases. These pillars were often made of light or white wood to create a contrast to the dark frame of the mirror.

Overall, Biedermeier-style pillar mirrors were a typical example of the simple elegance and restraint that characterized the Biedermeier style. They were functional and practical, yet beautifully designed and served as a popular decorative element in the homes of affluent citizens of the time.

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