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Antique French Louis XV Régence Style Mirror France circa 1890 (15"w x 27"h)

A lovely antique French Louis XV Régence style gilded mirror frame from the Belle Epoque period in France circa 1890 enclosing the original mirror glass. This unusual combination of two different periods shows how styles developed and merged before becoming pure and entirely consistent. The sides and base of this carved and gilded frame show the formal and symmetrical balance of the Regence period (1715-1723) after Louis XIV had died but Louis XV was still too young to ascend to the throne. But the top of the frame shows the asymmetry of curving scrolls and pediments set in opposition to each other that was the beginning of the extravagance known as the Rococo. The whimsical fashion seen in the top grew out of the desire for a more carefree and less rigid style of decoration that was the hallmark of interiors under the reign of the Sun God at Versailles. Although these two styles are mixed here the beautiful flow achieved by French artisans is entirely evident in the gorgeous line seen around the entire perimetre of the frame. This is especially true in the bold scale of the moulded edge that surrounds the original mirror glass with its customary speckles and spots that give the mirror glass its depth. The choice to use this mirror in an interior will be quite useful when a small area of sparkle is necessary to give a room a finishing touch of glamour.

# EEJ48

DIMENSIONS

15.00" w x 1.25" d x 27.00" h

38.10cm w x 3.18cm d x 68.58cm h

$1,582.00

This unusual combination of two different periods shows how styles developed and merged before becoming pure and entirely consistent. The sides and base of this carved and gilded frame show the formal and symmetrical balance of the Regence period (1715-1723) after Louis XIV had died but Louis XV was still too young to ascend to the throne. But the top of the frame shows the asymmetry of curving scrolls and pediments set in opposition to each other that was the beginning of the extravagance known as the Rococo. The whimsical fashion seen in the top grew out of the desire for a more carefree and less rigid style of decoration that was the hallmark of interiors under the reign of the Sun God at Versailles. Although these two styles are mixed here the beautiful flow achieved by French artisans is entirely evident in the gorgeous line seen around the entire perimetre of the frame. This is especially true in the bold scale of the moulded edge that surrounds the original mirror glass with its customary speckles and spots that give the mirror glass its depth. The choice to use this mirror in an interior will be quite useful when a small area of sparkle is necessary to give a room a finishing touch of glamour.