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Antique Louis XVI French Giltwood Pareclose Mirror, circa 1890

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Receive our new selections direct from 1stdibs by email each week. Please click Follow Dealer below and see them first! The lavish detail on this antique French mirror is a testament to the power of French design. Tall in proportion, this antique mirror has a bold cartouche at the top taken from the symbol for Louis XVI when he was king of France. The torch (standing for the light of justice) crossed with the quiver of arrows (the role of the king as protector of his people) is quite dramatic. Framed with an open work laurel wreath and a ribbon the sculptural quality of the cartouche is bold and graphic. This French mirror is known as a "pareclose" because of its large central beveled mirror surrounded by four separate mirrors on the top, bottom and sides. These smaller mirrors are set at an angle to the large mirror and reflect more of the interior than a flat mirror glass is able to accomplish. This technique was invented in France before the production of grand scale mirrors was possible in order to increase the size of a reflective surface. The giltwood frame has a ribbon twist pattern on the outer border with an inner border of ovals and spheres. Connecting the four corners of the two frames is a large shield shaped section in giltwood that covers the join between the pieces of mirror in a very decorative manner consistent with the entire design. The original mirror has the most desirable speckles and foxing that gives old mirror its lovely quality. Measures: 44" W x 69" H.

Details

  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 5 ft. 9 in. x W 3 ft. 8 in. x D 5 in.

    H 175.26 cm x W 111.76 cm x D 12.7 cm

  • Seller location
    Houston, TX
  • Seller reference number
    PAS61
  • Reference number
    LU86684436013

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