Louis XV-Period Gilt Mirror

  • This rare Louis XV-period gilt mirror captures the grandeur and grace of the Rococo age
  • The golden frame features sweeping, heavy scrolls among other decorative details
  • To find a gilt mirror of this caliber and age is an exceptional rarity
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Item No. 30-7992

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Commanding in size and artistry, this rare Louis XV-period gilt mirror is a tour-de-force of the era's highly ornamental, yet elegant style. The golden frame features sweeping, heavy scrolls and acanthus with floral and shell details that surround the expansive mirror. Large in size and sumptuous in detail, the design captures the grandeur and grace of the Rococo age.

Mirrors have long played an integral role in decorative design, often serving as the focal point of a room. Dating back to the 13th century, the first French looking glasses were very small, yet enormously precious. Because these early mirrors were so valuable, their frames were often of the highest quality and workmanship. Although mirrored glass became more readily available over time, the frame’s importance never waned, and ownership of ornate examples served as a bellwether of wealth. Today, antique mirrors remain highly coveted, and the present example is particularly rare as few mirrors dating to the mid-18th century survive.

Circa 1750

44 3/8" high x 31 1/8" wide x 4 1/8" deep
Louis XV-Period Gilt Mirror
Period: 18th Century
Origin: France
Type: Other
Depth: 4.13 Inches
Width: 31.13 Inches
Height: 44.38 Inches
Style: Louis XV

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