Antique Italian Empire Horizontal Mirror circa 1850 (48"w x 40"h)
This rare antique horizontal mirror has an elaborate carved giltwood frame featuring a portrait medallion of an aristocratic lady in the centre framing the mirror glass. The fine carving and moulded elements seen here are a testament to the exceptional quality of both the design and construction. The decidely architectural quality of the antique mirror frame with its powerful horizontal and vertical lines is softened by the addition of drapery swags and leafy boughs whose organic curves provide engaging visual contrast to the straight lines. The oval portrait medallion centred at the top of the frame shows a portrait of a lady seen from the side reminiscent of those seen from ancient classical Rome with an elaborate coiffure. The Empire period was notable for incorporating motifs from ancient Rome and Greece as a method to emphasize a connection to the noble past.
WIDTH: 48 in | HEIGHT: 40 in | DEPTH: 6 in
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