Attributed to VALENTINO BESAREL (1829 - 1902)

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Attributed to VALENTINO BESAREL (1829 - 1902)

A Monumental Venetian Carved Ebonised Mirror With Playful Putti

ITALY, Circa 1870

REF No. B67440


Height :205 cm | 80³/₄ in
Width :160 cm | 63 in
Depth :22 cm | 8⁵/₈ in


A Monumental Venetian Carved Ebonised Mirror With Playful Putti, Attributed to Valentino Panciera Besarel (Venice, 1829-1902) in the Manner of Andrea Brustolon. (1662-1732).

The oval bevelled mirror-plate within an egg and dart frame, the outer-border carved with foliage, flowers and five playful putti.  A comparable mirror was exhibited at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition and the 1881 Esposizione Italiana di Milano.

Andrea Brustolon:
Andrea Brustolon (b. 1662 - d. 1732) was a Venetian sculptor and carver known for his exuberant Baroque style furniture and devotional sculptures.  He trained in the local tradition at Belluno in the Venetian terraferma and in the studio of the Genoese sculptor Filippo Parodi who carried out commissions at Padua and Venice.  His high Baroque style was undoubtedly influenced by two years spent in Rome from 1678 - 1680 where he was exposed to the sculpture of Bernini and his contemporaries.  

The first phase of his working career was spent in Venice, 1680-1685. His furniture including armchairs with figural sculptures that take the place of front legs and armrest supports were greatly inspired by his experience of Bernini's Cathedra Petri.  He also created highly elaborate picture and looking glass frames for which designs exist among his drawings in the Museo Civico in Belluno.  One drawing includes a design for a mirror incorporating a flight of ten putti bearing emblems and representing the Triumph of love over Valour and Virtue. 


Valentino Panciera Besarel (1829 - 1902) established himself in the 1860's in Venice where he opened an atelier and shop. He soon distinguished himself as a creator of exquisite sculpture and furniture for wealthy private patrons and the royal courts.
The strong sculptural theme of his furniture was directly influenced by the work of the seventeenth-century master Andrea Brustolon (1662 - 1732) to whose work he had been frequently exposed to in Venice.
Besarel is noted as having exhibited at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle.
Makers Bibliography:
De Grassi, Massimo, Valentino Panciera Besarel 1829-1902, Provincia Di Belluno Editore (Verona), 2002.


Valentino Panciera Besarel 1829-1902 - Provincia Di Belluno Editore.

De Grassi,Massimo (2002), Valentino Panciera Besarel, Verona.

Child, Graham (1990), World Mirrors 1650-1900, Sotheby's Publications, London; p. 263, 295, pl 66.

Biasuz, G. & Buttignon, M.G. (1969), Andrea Brustolon, Istituto Veneto Arti Grafiche, Venice.

Valentino Besarel

A Monumental Venetian Carved Ebonised Mirror With Playful Putti

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