Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Cheval glass (psyche), ca. 1810–14
    François–Honoré–Georges Jacob–Desmalter (French, 1770–1841)
    Amboyna on oak with gilt–bronze mounts; 86 1/2 x 48 3/4 x 31 5/8 in. (219.7 x 123.8 x 80.3 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1924 (24.230)

    The psyche was so named for the heroine in La Fontaine's Les amours de Psyché, who was reputed to have looked at a full-length reflection of herself. Specific reference to the myth is in the frieze containing butterflies, symbols of Psyche. An identical gilt-bronze frieze was on a psyche made for Empress Marie Louise in 1810. The two winged fantastic creatures on the crest hold a wreath, which probably originally contained a decorative motif or monogram.

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  • Cheval glass (psyche), ca. 1810–14
    François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter (French, 1770–1841)
    Amboyna on oak with gilt-bronze mounts; 86 1/2 x 48 3/4 x 31 5/8 in. (219.7 x 123.8 x 80.3 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1924 (24.230)

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