Antique French Pareclose Mirror Régence Style Cartouche circa 1885 (35"w x 59 1/2"h)
The beautiful balance of carved sections, gold leaf and antique mirror glass on this antique French mirror is beautiful. The crest of the mirror features a large cartouche centred upon a grand scale scallop shell which was a favourite motif used during the Régence period in France (1715-1723) before Louis XV was old enough to assume the throne. The shell is flanked by an open architectural framework draped with floral abundance that extends out to the curved shoulders of the frame. The use of seven separate mirror plates with a large central mirror surrounded on all four sides by a more slender mirror developed during the seventeenth century in order to create a bigger area of reflection. The ability to create and manufacture large mirror glass was initially impossible so the solution was to join them within a single frame. The most dazzling example of this is the famous "Hall of Mirrors" at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris where the debut in 1684 created an immediate sensation. This frame secures all the mirrors with a frame decorated with four large corners incised with a floral design and curved in shape to complement the curved shoulders of the mirror design as well as two sections set halfway down the sides. The outer frame features a band of decoration alternating with polished oval bosses and raised medallions. Surrounding the original large mirror is a slender band of beads known as "les perles" for its resemblance to a strand of natural pearls, a traditional symbol of luxury and wealth. The gold leaf finish on this antique mirror is quite attractive and the original mirror has the expected speckles and foxing that give antique mirror its wonderful reflective allure.
WIDTH: 35 in | HEIGHT: 59½ in | DEPTH: 5 in
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