French Antique Louis Philippe Gold Leaf Mirror with Cartouche, circa 1885
A Louis Philippe style gold leaf frame surrounding the original mirror glass from France c.1885. This exceptional mirror and frame showcase a wonderful contrast between the decorative nature of the frame and the fantastic aspect of the aged and foggy mirror. The tall rectangular shape of the frame has straight corners at the base while the upper left and right shoulder possess the customary rounded corners seen on all Louis Philippe style frames. But in this example the centre section of the frame is raised and embellished with a bold rope twist pattern of handsome sculptural weight. Please enlarge the additional photographs provided to see a detail that shows artistic awareness and choice-in the centre of the rope twist at the top and base where the ropes meet they reverse direction so as to have the same value in a balanced and symmetrical way. The top of the mirror is further enhanced by the addition of a Regence style cartouche centred on a large shell framed by flourishes adorned with open flower blossoms. The cartouche is free standing and the carved details are open work so that light is able to be seen through the design. This treatment of a cartouche requires more skill than an entirely solid and connected cartouche and adds greatly to the visual appeal of the mirror and frame. The marvelous original mirror glass has a foggy, shadowy and mysterious appearance that is mesmerizing and enchanting.
WIDTH: 33 in | HEIGHT: 61 in | DEPTH: 5 in
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