Smoke Mirror

2008bw2343 jpg l

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Acquired in 2008 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Baas, Maarten
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
FWK
credit
date_end
2007-12-31
date_start
2007-01-01
date_text
2007 (made)
descriptive_line
Overmantel mirror with a charred frame, sealed with epoxy resin
dimensions
Width: 120 cm, Height: 188 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design (Victoria & Albert Museum 14/07/2009-18/10/2009)
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
147729
label
‘Smoke’ mirror Maarten Baas (born Netherlands, 1978) 2007 19th-century French mirror, charred Unique V&A: W.41-2008 This mirror disturbingly evokes the middle-class parlours of 18th-century prints and novels, where the disrepair of the furnishings symbolises the inner ruin of the characters. A chasm between comfort and discomfort exists in the stark contrast between the polite form and its post-apocalyptic appearance. Ironically, it is the poverty of the charred wood that lends the mirror value and charisma. [14/07/2009-18/10/2009]
last_checked
2014-08-30T05:24:22.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T05:24:22.000Z
latitude
52.108089
location
In Storage
longitude
5.33033
marks
materials
wood, epoxy resin, mirror glass
materials_techniques
Silvered glass in a wooden frame, charred and sealed with epoxy resin
museum_number
W.40-2008
museum_number_token
w402008
object_number
O183153
object_type
Mirror
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Overmantel mirror with charred wooden frame sealed with epoxy resin, the frame decorated with carved floral ornaments and flanked by a pair of barleytwist columns.
place
Netherlands
primary_image_id
2008BW2343
production_note
Made from a nineteenth century French overmantel mirror
production_type
Unique
public_access_description
This mirror was created by charring a 19th-century French overmantel mirror with a blow-torch, then sealing the surface with epoxy resin to preserve the burnt wood. Designer Maarten Baas developed this method for his graduation collection at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2002. Like much contemporary Dutch design, Baas's 'Smoke' furniture provokes us to think about the history of the objects, and encourages us to value something which might otherwise be discarded or overlooked. The making process is destructive as well as creative, bringing into question the role of the designer as a creator of new objects.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
smoke-mirror-mirror-baas-maarten
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving, burning
title
Smoke Mirror
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
2007
year_start
2007