Antique Régence Louis XVI Style Pareclose French Mirror, circa 1880

(France, 19th Century)

Antique Régence Louis XVI Style Pareclose French Mirror, circa 1880
1610 Bissonet Street
Houston, TX, 77005
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Antique Régence Louis XVI Style Pareclose French Mirror, circa 1880

List Price $6,836

The beautiful combination of ivory, silver and gold leaf and carved details gives this antique French mirror its lovely appeal. The rectangular frame is surmounted with a Régence style cartouche that includes a stylized scallop shell as well as a symmetrical arrangement of scrolls and flourishes intertwined with flowers. Although extravagant in its lushness the controlled balance of the various motifs is quite restrained and pleasing to a modern eye. The exterior of the frame features an ivory band framing a silver leaf band that encloses a pattern of egg and dart moulding around the mirror. Because this is a "pareclose" mirror there are actually seven individual pieces of mirror contained within the frame. The technique of using separate pieces of mirror to cover a greater area began in the sixteenth century and the small sections of moulding used to hide the joined edges are known as "parecloses". The outer mirrors are set at a slight angle to capture more of the interior to reflect and the inner large mirror possesses a beveled edge. The moulding around the inner mirror is highlighted by a series of raised ovals known as "bosses" and the silver leaf is beautifully polished to emphasize their decorative quality.

WIDTH: 39 in | HEIGHT: 69 in | DEPTH: 8 in

Origin France
Category Wall Mirrors
Period 19th Century
Style Regence

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THB REF: 3921426077 DEALER REF: PAS62