The quality of the carving, and the shell and cascading clusters of fruits and flowers make this one so very French in decorator appeal, yet we are unsure if it's French-carved or Black Forest carved. The aesthetic would say French. What we do know is it's a magnificent hand carved frame from 19th century, and that it's in fine form. There is a mirror in it. Our photographer sort of whited/blurred out the reflection to keep from appearing in the listing photos, but the mirror is nicely preserved. It is a flat mirror and is not beveled around the oval perimeter which is sometimes the case. Lovely for an accent piece, and it's so simple to remove the silvering from the oval glass and turn it into a frame for your favorite enlarged photo, too.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. I think I can find a few leaf tips that have small chips, which is most often the case in these old ones where leaf tips are fragile due to the nature of the tree grain. There isn't much however, and not enough to detract from the beauty of this old beauty. That shell carved up top is just gorgeous, too. The mirror, as noted, is fine and just blurred by our photographer - silvering is nice, and it is a flat mirror and not beveled. Frame is 14.5" x 8.75" x 1.75" and the oval mirror is a 9" x 7" aperture, if you're thinking of using it with a photo.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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