19th Century Oval French Mirror With Gilded Floral Theme - SOLD

19th Century Oval French Mirror With Gilded Floral Theme - SOLD

SOLD - Romantic Version (circa 1900) of an Oval Louis-Philippe Mirror.

 

The elements that date the mirror to the late 1800s - early 1900s period are the romantic fronton and the beveled glass (earlier mercury glasses were flat).

 

Mirrors of that period often drew inspiration from various older styles:

 

The classic elements of the Louis-Philippe style (1830-1848) are present: the “en doucine” (curved) frame and the ring of beads around the glass.

 

But the fronton, with a foliage theme, presents two elements typical of the Louis XVI style: the torch (on the right) and the quiver (on the left). The flaming torch is an ancient symbol of life, truth and the regenerative power of fire, while the quiver of arrows signifies the ability to use force in the pursuit of justice. By using these symbols from the past, Louis XVI was making a conscious choice to ally himself with their powerful meanings.

 

This beautiful mirror was purchased in the city of Carpentras, in Provence (South-East part of France).

 

Dimensions: 80cm x 50cm

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