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Napoleon III Giltwood Mirror
- This Napoleon III mirror is distinguished by its incredible size and ornate design
- The hand-carved giltwood frame is a fantastic specimen of French design
- Mirrors of this grand size and quality were costly to produce, making them luxuries of the elite
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55 1/4" wide x 78" high
Largely due to the influence of Emperor Napoleon III, who wished to have his name associated with the classical grandeur of Rome and cement his place in French history, the decorative style of this period, known as the Second Empire, is distinguished by a vast mixture of styles from previous centuries. Eclecticism reigned as craftsmen revisited the most opulent styles from decades past and created their own elaborate versions. Artisans were inspired by the Renaissance, Henri II furniture, Boulle furniture of the baroque period, rococo and neoclassic Louis XVI furniture. Inspiration also came from the near and far East, as the treasures of China, Japan and Constantinople made their way to Europe.