You can see that something dark and sinister is going on in this art nouveau picture mirror can’t you? The illustration was done by British illustrator and author, Aubrey Beardsley, for Oscar Wilde’s play, Salomé, in 1894. The image shows Salomé wrapped in a long, flowing garment embroidered with designs reminiscent of peacock feathers. She looms threateningly over a second character, who at first glance appears to be a woman, but one look at those knobbly knees, and you realise that you’re looking at a young man! There are all sorts of discussions about the importance of this piece for its emphasis on female power and sexuality, but to be frank, I just bought it for it’s beauty – isn’t it quite something? It’s also in relatively good nick, with only minor wear to the glass and frame.
Dimensions: 64cm tall x 45.4cm wide