This is an absolutely sumptuous standing mirror with gilded brass ruffles, flowers and leaves. It dates towards 1870-80 and originates from a fine Parisian collection.
The large mirror (10 3/4" x 7 1/2") is set into a flat gilded brass frame. Surrounding the frame is an immense amount of hand applied gilded brass ornamentation. A wide (! 1/4") ruffled (most unusual) band of scallops and tassels provide a beautiful base for the many large and very textural flowers and leaves. The bouquets, at the top and bottom are large with the leaves measuring 2 1/8" long and the flowers measuring 1 1/2" across. Each flower and leaf has delicate detailing of veins, petals and stems. The flowers and leaves appear to be "growing" across the frame.
At the bottom is a second small mirror which is beveled. It is bezel set. The mirror stands on an easel mount which has two curved feet (there are holes present on the feet for attaching to a table for security). The back of the mirror is covered in fine garnet red brocade.
The overall measurements are: 17" tall, 9" wide at the bottom, 10" wide at the middle and 10 1/4" wide at the top. The easel "arm" measures 14" and can stand at any distance from the mirror. It is in very good antique condition, structurally sound. There are no visible cracks or chips to the mirrors (we do think that the large mirror is a later replacement). All motifs are in good order and there is very little, if any, color loss to the gilding.
It is an exceptional example from a period when all things gilt and fabulous were a "must" for every ladies dressing table.
Item ID: P402
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