1710 German (Augsburg) Silver mirror at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Silver was often used in aristocratic and court Baroque furnishings in the 17th century, and some were also made in the 18th century. This piece in particular emulates the French Louis XIV style that was notable for such silver furniture pieces; unfortunately, most of these silver artworks have been melted down over the years, making this one all the more precious.
Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt (Dutch, active France, 1639–1715), maker; Jean Bérain (French, 1640–1711), engraver. Writing desk (bureau brisé), ca. 1685. France (Paris). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1986 (1986.365.3) #letters #Connections