Code 316-34 Period Louis XIV Giltwood Mirror, Circa 1700, Provence
To see an antique mirror that is over 300 years old and still in wonderful condition is incredulous! This Louis XIV Period, giltwood framed mirror dates to circa 1700. It is ornamented with all the motifs of this period—scrolling rinceau, shells, acanthus leaves, diagonal patterned grounds, lambrequins, floral baskets, dolphins, and birds. Its glass has the coveted losses of silvering to the back.
Mirrors date back to 4,000 B.C. when polished stones were used. In the 1500’s, Venetians were known to have invented a method for making a glass mirror but their method was a closely guarded secret. The talented glassmakers were moved to the island of Murano where they produced the glass for mirrors and never got off the island for the most part. They were faced with execution or imprisonment if they dared to breech the secret. The glass for an average sized mirror was as expensive as an aristocrat’s country home up until the late 1600’s. That was when France was able to hire a small number of talented Italian glassmakers and the monopoly was broken. They went on to invent a much larger sheet of plate glass just in time for Louis XIV’s Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. The order was for 307 massive mirrors! This Louis XIV mirror will be an asset to any room it is placed in.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition commensurate with age. Old restorations, age separations, very minor losses to gilding, rubs, tiny losses to motifs. Please inspect photos.
H=61 1/2, W=33 1/8, D=2 3/4