Antique French Louis Philippe Louis XVI Gold Leaf Mirror circa 1890 (34" wide x 64" high)
The beautiful symmetry of the cartouche at the top of this antique French mirror circa 1890 takes its inspiration from the Louis XVI period (1774-1792). The vase of flowers is flanked by a pair of angular brackets as well as "C" scrolls and all of these motifs appeared during the late eighteenth century. The flowers in the urn vase signifies the abundance of nature with her beautiful variety while the balance of the brackets and scrolls refers to the order brought about by the King of France. Notice that the urns, brackets and scrolls all feature an open work design where they float forward of the frame allowing light to flow through the design to highlight its sculptural appeal. The gold leaf frame encloses the original mirror glass with its customary antique reflective quality. The overall mirror has the profile of a French Louis Philippe mirror with the rounded upper shoulders and squared base with an overall rectangular shape. Adjacent to the antique mirror the antique frame has a wonderful wavy ribbon pattern with a variation in the color from gold to the reddish colored "rouge" undercoat all the way to the white gesso. The major decorative pattern on the frame is the large section of a design known as "egg and dart" where bold smooth ovals are symmetrically balanced between arches highlighted with slender lines. The wonderful elaborate quality of this pattern continues around all four sides of the frame and is contained by the outer section of a wide concave stripe that visually emphasizes the decorated frame surrounding the mirror. This antique French mirror is a handsome example of late nineteenth decoration that retains its power to enhance a modern interior.
WIDTH: 34 in | HEIGHT: 64 in | DEPTH: 6 in
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