French Louis XVI Style Gilded Oval Mirror

(France, 19th Century)

French Louis XVI Style Gilded Oval Mirror
1610 Bissonet Street
Houston, TX, 77005
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French Louis XVI Style Gilded Oval Mirror


Louis XVI style gilded oval mirror from the Belle Époque Period in France with outstanding cartouche on frame depicting royal emblems of Louis XVI with torch of truth and arrows of justice prominently displayed and suspended from fluttering ribbon with garland of oak leaves and acorns, symbol of the French royal family for centuries. Flanking the torch and quiver on either side is a different depiction of foliage, namely olive leaves set with clusters of olives made famous by the rulers of Ancient Greece and Rome. At the base of the frame is another cartouche again of oak leaves and acorns crossed by a ribbon of open floral blossoms laid across the leaves as though fluttering in the gentle breeze. The oval frame surrounds the original beveled mirror glass which retains the familiar speckles and spots of truly antique glass. The boldest motif of the oval frame is the unbroken line of "egg and dart" moulding taken directly from the existing ruins of ancient Classical civilizations. Adjacent to the mirror glass is a narrow border of beads known in France as "les perles" because of the resemblance to a necklace of hand gathered pearls. The outer edge of the frame features a similar narrow border but this motif is actually a twisted ribbon design. All of these different motifs, highlighted with gold leaf, were chosen and combined to not only reflect any available light in a pleasing manner but were also designed to emphasize the connection between Louis XVI and the values and ideals of the Greeks and Romans who were considered to have achieved heights of culture and valour desirable in the late eighteenth century. The elegant simplicity and handsome scale seen in this mirror enables it to be used in a variety of interiors with equally striking results.

WIDTH: 31 in | HEIGHT: 44 in | DEPTH: 6 in

Origin France
Category Mirrors
Period 19th Century
Style Louis XVI

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