Mirror Frame

Maolica mirror frame

This fascinating object would have originally held a small convex mirror of glass or polished steel.
The moulding and painting are beautifully executed and, even though the space for the mirror is rather small, it was certainly meant to be used by the presumably female owner and might have been commissioned in connection with marriage.
The inscription painted on this mirror frame refers to a real woman’s name ‘Isoretta’, but it shows a portrait of an ideal beauty, a young and beautiful blond lady with elaborate headdress and refined jewellery. The object might have had a metaphoric meaning as if the reflected image of the viewer will mirror the ideal beauty and virtue depicted on the frame.

  • Place of origin: Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy (made)
  • Date:1490-1510 (made)
  • Materials and Techniques:Tin-glazed earthenware
  • Museum number: C.2111-1910 (V&A Museum)

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