Gilt Framed Mirror Plate, Neo Classical Relief Picture

Gilt Framed Mirror Plate, Neo Classical Relief Picture

c. 1670 to c. 1700 Italy

Offered by Baggott Church Street Ltd

£850 gbp
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Depicts two cherubs at play, one blowing bubbles and the other trying to catch them. On a foliate and floral ground. Displayed over an arched pediment flanking a classical urn. The carved and gilded frame appears to be 18th century, the mirror plate may be from a larger mirror but from the 17th century.
Italian, circa 1670 - 1700
Height 11.5” (29cm) Width 10” (26.5cm)
Stock No. 1222
Children as putti or cherubs in little clothing and blowing bubbles were generally depicted in art as a metaphor for the brevity of life. The bubbles exists for a very short time and then disappear without trace. In the 16th and 17th centuries, this metaphor was frequently employed and known as Homo Bulla - man is but a bubble. Sometimes the boys or cherubs blowing bubbles were painted alongside other memento mori, such as the skull, thereby endorsing the concept of brevity of life. This genre was called Vanitas, with the traditional translation of Vanity presented as Futility - the futility of life.
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Baggott Church Street Ltd

Baggott Church Street Ltd
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