A glorious work in solid bronze, it is from the gilded age of Napoleon III (1850-1870). It originates from a private bourgeoise estate in Paris.
It is large, measuring 13" long including the handle. The handle is formed by two teardrop shaped loops. a double festoon of flowers, leaves and grapes weaves and cascades downward filling in the center spaces. There is a crossed "ribbon" at the center of the handle. The mirror is framed by a ribbed (1/4") band. Four crossed ribbons alternate between the floral festoons embellishing the sides. There is an exquisite double festoon at the top center which is composed of arabesques, leaves and flowers.
The mirror measures 5 1/4" x 3 1/2" and has a beveled edge. The back has a velvet covered plate. There is a round mounted ring at the top for hanging. Amazingly, the mirror has survived in very good antique condition.
Mirrors of this quality and exquisite ornamentation are rarely found in today's markets. It is an exceptional example.
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18th and 19th Century French Antiques
Fine French Small Antiques; Gilded Bronze, Objets of Vertu, Antique Books, Napoleon III, Porte Montre, Cast Bronze