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Five Midcentury Eglomisé Glass Paintings with Mythological Scenes

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Five very large midcentury eglomisé or reverse glass paintings with mythological scenes. Made in Brussels in the 1970s, the date reflects in the style and the color use of the paintings. The style is Hollywood regency and is also contemporary to Maison Janssen. The glass panels are beautiful as wallpanels but can also be used as table tops. The depictions are hand painted in black, blue, brown and silver. Besides paint, the artist also used gold and copper leaf. When the glass panels are illuminated, the light reflects beautifully on the metallic surface. The depictions all derive from Greek mythology. Among the scenes is a depiction of the god Jupiter and his wife Amphitrite in their carriage carried by sea creatures. Another panel shows Helios, the personification of the sun, in his golden chariot. The other panels show centaurs, goddesses and most likely the god Apollo. For 15 years these five panels decorated the famous club "Jimmy Woo" in Amsterdam. The Jimmy Woo is owned by entrepreneur Casper Reinders, who, as a collector of Chinese antiques, came up with the idea to create a club of a fictional owner. This fictional owner, named Jimmy Woo, announced his plans to open a club at an unknown location in Amsterdam. Woo was, according to rumors, a well-to-do Hong Kong businessman who, besides running an opium trade, also was a kung fu master. In the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat two floors were converted into a nightclub in the autumn of 2003. Reinders persisted until after the opening in December 2003 that Jimmy Woo really existed. He even went so far as to create a fake bedroom for the business man in the club. From the beginning, the Jimmy Woo has been a great success. Lots of national and international celebrities visited the club. Many rock stars came to party after a gig in the city, among them Rihanna. Last month Caspar Reinders decided to change the interior of the club. "I still love these five panels and I don't want to remove them, but after 15 years people expect you to make some changes. I do hope these panels end up in a collection where they are admired for their beauty and uniqueness." The panels are 200 cm in length and 85 cm in height. The glass is approximately 1 cm thick. The panels are in an overall great condition, however some of the edges have light damages. When installed the damages can be covered up by using a frame. One of the panels shows some damages in the reverse glass painting, in this case in some places you can look through the painting.   

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  • Condition Details
    Please note there are light damages around the edges of the glass panels, however when put in a frame this can't be noticed. There are also minor losses in the paint, depending on the background this can be overlooked easily.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 33.47 in. x W 78.75 in. x D 0.4 in.H 85 cm x W 200 cm x D 1 cm
  • Seller Location
    Baambrugge, NL
  • Sold As
    Set of 5
  • Reference Number
    LU933316983362
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