Presented for sale is an elegant late 19th century French Louis XV Vitrine or Curio Cabinet of mahogany wood mounted in finely detailed giltwood carvings. The vitrine has a single locking door inset with a beveled glass front as well as sides. The interior is fitted with three glass shelves and a mirrored back.
The vitrine rests on cabriole legs and the wooden panels are accentuated with giltwood carved garlands. This is a formal piece, very elegant and the giltwood carvings are of exceptional quality. It is in excellent condition with an age separation to the lower panels in the front door and age related wear to the mirror. We like these charming discrepancies and avoid tampering with something age has imparted if the structure is not impacted.
Vitrines have been popular since the late 18th century as showcases for displaying breakable or valuable Objects d'Art. They were often fitted with a back mirror to enable the viewer to see all sides of the showcased object, and also with locks to protect the valuables inside from prying hands.
Size: 78 ½"" Height by 33 1/2" Width by 18 ½" Depth.
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