Pair of Pier Mirrors

probably workshop of Giovan Battista Dolci

Italy, circa 1806

Carved giltwood

Height: 204 cm (80.3 inch)
Width: 70 cm (27.6 inch) Ref No: 1412

Giovan Battista Dolci comes from a renowned family of sculptors and ebenists in Northern Italy, who delivered sophisticated furnishings to the court of the Duke of Toscany during the second half of the 18th Century. They were significantly involved in the furnishings of the apartments of Queen of Etruria, Maria Luisa of Bourbon. In 1806 a major commission for these chambers was delivered, including a seating group with the same characteristic pointed arch-leaf ornament, which are the only objects that have survived from this order (now in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Appartementi Reali).

Due to the design and the same carving of the mentioned seating furniture, it is to assume that these mirrors may have been part of the same royal commission and that they were made in the workshop of Giovan Battista Dolci.