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Mirror

Artist:
Johannes Hannart (or Jan Hanat) (died 1709)
Date:
ca. 1685–1700
Culture:
Dutch
Medium:
Oak veneered with ebony; boxwood and ebonized boxwood; modern mirror glass
Dimensions:
66 x 39 in. (167.6 x 99.1 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
64.101.1223
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 636
A tour de force of carver’s art, this frame, together with its pair (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), was most likely made to display a marriage portrait, the unidentified coat of arms in the cresting referring to the sitter. Veneered with ebony, embellished with finely carved pieces of applied boxwood and garlands of naturalistic flowers, the frame is signed by Hannart, who was active in The Hague and Leyden. This artist worked in wood as well as in stone, indicating that the traditional division between stone sculptors and wood carvers was no longer strictly adhered to at the end of the seventeenth century.
Signature: Beneath foot of left putto on oval plaque at base: JOH. HANAT
[ M. Harris and Sons , London, in 1932 ] ; Irwin Untermyer , New York (until 1964; to MMA)
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