Pair Antique French Louis Philippe Mirrors circa 1880 (each 34" wide x 55" high)
A matched pair of antique Louis Philippe mirrors circa 1880 each with a beautiful gold leaf frame. This rare pair of French mirrors exemplify the elegant simplicity in furnishings developed when Louis Philippe was King of France (1830-1848). The gently rounded shoulders follow a geometric curve while the base ends in a straight line. The slender line of the mirror frame is offset by the depth of the moulding that accentuates the play of light across the aged gold leaf surface. Adjacent to the mirror glass there is a narrow line of beading which is a well known decorative detail that makes reference to the costly extravagance of a strand of natural pearls. Before the invention of cultured pearls in the twentieth century the enormous amount of time and effort required to assemble a strand of matched pearls meant only the wealthy and powerful could afford to own them. Pearls have been an integral element in portraits, most notably Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring", as an emblem of stature in society. The antique mirror glass is original with the customary speckles and foxing that give such a desirable reflection. Please look at the photograph of the oval stamp on the reverse of the mirror glass that contains the initials of the maker and the year 1880.
WIDTH: 34 in | HEIGHT: 55 in | DEPTH: 1½ in
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