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Antique French Silver Leaf and Gold Eclectic Mirror with Peacock and Angels



This eclectic large mirror was made in Northern France in 1902. The glass plate is a silver nitrate silvered plate with a facetted edge is dated 1902 on the back. The mirror has an abundant decoration that features a large central peacock, with the head of Zeus below. The head is flanked by two cornucopias an attribute Zeus is known for. The peacock is surrounded by acanthus and floral ornaments and depicts two cherubs or angels with a flute. On both the left and right top side, there are two caryatids. The ornamentation is eclectic and typical for the neoclassic style the mirror was made in. The color finish combines a silver leaf and gold paint. The silver has a black undercoat and is polished to a rich gloss. The gold paint has a green undercoat and is faded a little. This type of finish was common practice in Northern France in that period. The silver leaf was patinated with a yellow wax to alter the color to a pale gold color. Combined with the gold paint, a more natural gold color was achieved. Condition details: The mirror was restored in our atelier. The glass plate was removed and both mirror and plate were cleaned inside and out. Minor repairs to the upper part of the frame were done and the color was touched at a few spots. The mirror plate is original to the piece and it shows some sports and scratches, but overall works very well with the antique feel of the piece. The mirror is now in a very solid and authentic condition.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 84.65 in. (215 cm)Width: 43.31 in. (110 cm)Depth: 3.94 in. (10 cm)
  • Style
    Neoclassical (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1902
  • Condition
    Repaired: see main description. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Casteren, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU970922557932

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Casteren, Netherlands
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