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Antique French Louis XVI Directoire Period Mirror France circa 1795 (38 1/2"w x 50"h)

The elegant simplicity of this antique French mirror from France circa 1795 created during the Louis XVI Directoire period takes its inspiration from trumeau mirrors that were popular during the eighteenth century. This mirror retains its actual paneled back where it was installed directly into the wall of an interior most likely above a fireplace mantel. Now it is an artifact on its own as it may be placed anywhere in an interior. The important aspect of this mirror is the symmetrical arrangement of the lavish gold leaf decoration. The upper section of the frame is centered on a circular medallion flanked on either side by horizontal cartouches. Please notice how the uppermost crown molding is also adorned with decorative elements and how its outwardly curved profile captures and reflects light back out into the room. The vertical sides of the frame are in the form of architectural pilasters topped with an exceptional Corinthian column capital. Above each of the pilasters is a classical Greek urn notable for its reference to the wisdom of ancient Greece and Rome. The interior section of the pilasters are also decorated with gold leaf in a pattern of climbing leaves that glitter against the original painted background and appear to grow out of the same urn seen above the pilasters. The mirror plate is original and has the customary speckles and sparkles of antique mirror that add immeasurably to the overall appearance of this eighteenth century French mirror.

# VLA331

DIMENSIONS

38.50" w x 4.50" d x 50.00" h

97.79cm w x 11.43cm d x 127.00cm h

The elegant simplicity of this antique French mirror circa 1795 created during the Louis XVI Directoire period takes its inspiration from trumeau mirrors that were popular during the eighteenth century. This mirror retains its actual paneled back where it was installed directly into the wall of an interior most likely above a fireplace mantel. Now it is an artifact on its own as it may be placed anywhere in an interior. The important aspect of this mirror is the symmetrical arrangement of the lavish gold leaf decoration. The upper section of the frame is centered on a circular medallion flanked on either side by horizontal cartouches. Please notice how the uppermost crown molding is also adorned with decorative elements and how its outwardly curved profile captures and reflects light back out into the room. The vertical sides of the frame are in the form of architectural pilasters topped with an exceptional Corinthian column capital. Above each of the pilasters is a classical Greek urn notable for its reference to the wisdom of ancient Greece and Rome. The interior section of the pilasters are also decorated with gold leaf in a pattern of climbing leaves that glitter against the original painted background and appear to grow out of the same urn seen above the pilasters. The mirror plate is original and has the customary speckles and sparkles of antique mirror that add immeasurably to the overall appearance of this eighteenth century French mirror.