Antique French Régence Style Gold Leaf Mirror circa 1890 (40" wide x 66" high)
The lavish decorative motifs used on this antique French mirror circa 1890 ensure its appeal as a marvelous example of traditional design. The cartouche at the top of the mirror frame features a five leaf open work design enclosed within an open oval flourish adorned with scroll work and individual flower blossoms. This particular arrangement has its roots in motifs appearing at the end of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth century when Louis XIV was King of France. As the cartouche spreads across the top it emphasizes the arched section of the frame before it drops down to the left and right corner and continues along the sides to the square corners of the base. Notice how each of the lower corners has a scrolled flourish that sits atop the frame to provide balance to the cartouche while the center of the frame on each side and the center of the base are also decorated with flowers. This use of floral decoration echoes the actual use of fresh foliage to bring spring and summer into a home after long, cold and dark winters popular in the 1700's. The gold leaf mirror frame encloses the original mirror glass with its customary speckles and spots and also features a slender ribbon of beads known as "les perles". Resembling a strand of matched pearls the use of this beaded detail always connotes a connection to luxury and wealth. Before the invention of cultured pearls a pearl necklace was the most valuable jewel in a collection as the acquisition of pearls was done entirely by hand at great expense and risk when diving. The entire assemblage of motifs on this exceptional antique French mirror was done in the most balanced and harmonious manner leaving an indelible impression of French taste in design.
WIDTH: 40 in | HEIGHT: 66 in | DEPTH: 7 in
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