Mid 18th Century Rococo Gilt-wood Mirror in the manner of Hoppenhaupt


the rectangular mercury-silvered plate contained within a frame of bold rococo scrolls and foliate swags

Height 82 cm (32.25 inches)
Width 43 cm (17 inches)
German. Circa 1760

The richly carved frame of rocailles and C-scrolls and sinuous outline of this mirror relates to the work of the celebrated rococo designer Johann Michael Hoppenhaupt II (1709- circa 1755), who in 1746 was made Directeur des ornements at Potsdam by Frederick the Great. Hoppenhaupt’s style developed under the influence of Johann August Nahl (1710-1781), who was Hofbildhauer between 1741 and 1746. They had worked together on numerous occasions, including the decoration of the concert hall at Sanssouci, designed by Nahl and carried out by Hoppenhaupt circa 1746-’47. Hoppenhaupt’s designs were typical of the Friederizianische Rokoko pioneered by Johann Michael Hoppenhaupt (1709-1769) and his brother Johann Christian Hoppenhaupt (1719 – 1786) under King Frederick II of Prussia (1740 – 1786). Johann Michael Hoppenhaupt designed lavish rococo interiors for Frederick the Great at Potsdam, such as the Music Room in Schloss Sanssouci and other work at the Stadtschloss, before retiring from the royal service in 1750.

The bold a-symmetric ornament, and exaggerated organic lines, especially to the cresting are characteristic of the style. Supplying seat-furniture and wall furnishings such as mirrors and console tables for Schloss Charlottenburg, Neues Palais, Schloss Sanssousi and other castles of the Friderizianische Rokoko, their designs are well-known and well documented.

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