Period Louis XV Rococo Gilt and Gesso Wall Mirror, France or Italy, Late 18th Century
Item # 120009EIE29
This is a simply stunning Louis XV Period hanging wall mirror of outstanding craftsmanship and design, circa the period or just thereafter, possibly as late as the first few years of the 19th century. The workmanship is beyond remarkable, the entire frame carved of solid pine, covered in a thin gesso and painted with gold gilt paint. The level of piercing to the cartouche would have left the mirror vulnerable, but as looking at the back of the mirror it is clear this mirror has been very carefully cared for over the years. The original hand forged screws still hold pieces of the flowing cartouche to the main portion of the frame. The delicate balance of flowing and scrolling acanthus leaves and c-scrolls are interlaced with feather-like plumes that curl around and over the frame, wrapping around the kidney-shape glass of the mirror. The glass is clearly replaced and in overall excellent condition.
This is an absolute treasure, above reproach in every way and in a wonderful preserved state. It is a mirror that will set your collection apart, gives presence and esteem to any setting and brings together the overall decor of a room. This is a piece you will cherish for a lifetime.
Measurements: 53" high x 31" wide
Condition Report: Repaired breaks throughout. Regilded during the 20th century. Chunk of acanthus molding lost on right-mid leaf. Mirror is clean and in overall very good condition with only minor discolorations to silvering, it is certainly a replacement from the 20th century. The back reveals centuries of repairs, two very early iron brackets with hand forged screws suggest a repair in the late 18th Century. Pine backboard for the mirror is 20th century.
Item ID: 120009EIE29
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