Louis XVI Style Gold Leaf Mirror, Belle Époque France c.1895
Louis XVI Style Gold Leaf Mirror, Belle Époque France c.1895. This grand and imposing mirror is notable for the slender and elegant proportion of its frame. The cartouche at the centre of the top has its origins in the designs of the Régence period (1715-1723) distinguished by the scallop shell and sculptural corbel that cascades forward beneath the shell. The cartouche frames a gathered group of leaves and berries that extend to the left and right above the frame itself and add a naturalistic touch quite popular during the Belle Époque period in France. The frame has a square in each corner centred on an open flower blossom with sixteen petals while the pattern of the frame is a running line of leaves and berries crossed with ribbons in a symmetrical way. There is a finial at both the top left and right corners as well as the lower corners and a matching gathering of berries and leaves that spread across the lower frame that matches what is seen at the top cartouche. The refined details of the lower branches and finials is also indicative of the quality of the mirror as it is impossible to stand this mirror on the floor. The mirror must either hang on a wall or be laid flat to ensure that the delicate carving is not damaged. Therefore it has always been considered quite desirable and treated with care. The original mirror plate is beveled along all the edges and follows the outline of the frame and has the wonderful imperfections that make antique mirrors so enchanting.
WIDTH: 39 in | HEIGHT: 71 in | DEPTH: 2 in
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