Ice skating Dutchman

Ice skating Dutchman

Ice skating Dutchman

Ice skating Dutchman, probably Frankfurt am Main, 1700-1705. Baroque pearls, gold, silver, partially gilt, enamel, rubies, diamonds, glass, partly painted cold mirror glass. H 12.3 cm, pedestal 11.3 x 9.5 cm. Green Vault, VI 96. © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Lost in themselves sliding the skaters on the ice, arms to protect against the winter cold folded across his chest. He is wearing a blue, covered with translucent enamel doublet, a short, formed by a monstrous pearl light blue pants and stockings. On his head he wears a hat trimmed with a large ruby and around his neck he has wrapped a scarf. Small diamonds are the Wamsknöpfe and grace Brim, waistbands and buckles of the skates. The box-shaped, solid silver gilt pedestal supported by four slender claw feet. His abgetreppter base and the cover plate are set with rubies, emeralds and diamonds. Smooth pilasters form the architectural framework for the four email painted plaques, which are inserted into the walls. The depicted on the front of Dutch winter landscape with numerous people on an ice surface itself is also tummelnden genre representation and symbol of winter. It is on the other side of the pedestal of Puttenallegorien of Spring (with flower baskets), accompanied the summer (with the grain bundles and fruit basket) and autumn (at the vintage) and expanded to the Four Seasons. In a sophisticated way the imitiation of both specular and matt translucent nature of an ice succeed. The beveled edge of the top glass plate is bordered on the bottom by a matt finish and subsequently painted cold flower ornament which is reflected from a second mirrored glass bottom plate. The ice surface mediated by this artifice the impression of seemingly unfathomable depth. The Perlfigur was acquired by the resident in Frankfurt Huguenot jeweler Guillaume Verbecq.

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