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Antique Italian Neoclassical Gold Leaf Venetian Mirror Italy circa 1790 (24"w x 45"h)

A lovely antique Italian Neoclassical gold leaf frame enclosing the original engraved Venetian mirror glass from Italy circa 1790. The elegant symmetry of this Italian Venetian mirror is indicative of upper class Italian interiors of the late eighteenth century where balance and restraint were highly prized. Please look at the bold cartouche at the top with its sculptural scroll. It sets the tone for every element that cascades below. On each side of the scroll the frame is pierced and flanks the central circular medallion that encloses a portrait bust of a gentleman seen in profile. Every educated person at the time would have recognized this direct connection to the values of antique roman rulers. Placed alongside this motif are more pierced scrolls that support a variety of floral blossoms more of which repeat the other. This is a clue to the hand made quality of this mirror frame that each element is different. The central mirror glass features a female figure seen in profile as she twirls in a dance while carrying a banner aloft. She is standing atop a piece of closely moved turf. Note the section of cross hatching seen in the design both above and below her figure. This was a popular decorative motif in eighteenth century Italy. The sides of the frame are straight and are joined at the top and bottom with a classic scallop shell shape. The upper left and right sides are adorned with carved flourishes that again support flower blossoms and leaves. The base of the mirror is centred on a face that represents the god of wind known as Aeolus in ancient Greece. He is always characterized with a mouth and lips pursed and inflated cheeks. The face is also framed with a lovely arrangement of open scrollwork that complements the carved elements seen in the upper section. The combination of architectural forms along with allusions to the antique have created a beautiful piece of late eighteenth century Italian artistry that evokes a wonderful period in history.

# EFG146

DIMENSIONS

24.00" w x 2.50" d x 45.00" h

60.96cm w x 6.35cm d x 114.30cm h

Sale Price $6,032.60 Regular Price $8,618.00

A lovely antique Italian Neoclassical gold leaf frame enclosing the original engraved Venetian mirror glass circa 1790. The elegant symmetry of this mirror is indicative of upper class Italian interiors of the late eighteenth century where balance and restraint were highly prized. Please look at the bold cartouche at the top with its sculptural scroll. It sets the tone for every element that cascades below. On each side of the scroll the frame is pierced and flanks the central circular medallion that encloses a portrait bust of a gentleman seen in profile. Every educated person at the time would have recognized this direct connection to the values of antique roman rulers. Placed alongside this motif are more pierced scrolls that support a variety of floral blossoms more of which repeat the other. This is a clue to the hand made quality of this mirror frame that each element is different. The central mirror glass features a female figure seen in profile as she twirls in a dance while carrying a banner aloft. She is standing atop a piece of closely moved turf. Note the section of cross hatching seen in the design both above and below her figure. This was a popular decorative motif in eighteenth century Italy. The sides of the frame are straight and are joined at the top and bottom with a classic scallop shell shape. The upper left and right sides are adorned with carved flourishes that again support flower blossoms and leaves. The base of the mirror is centred on a face that represents the god of wind known as Aeolus in ancient Greece. He is always characterized with a mouth and lips pursed and inflated cheeks. The face is also framed with a lovely arrangement of open scrollwork that complements the carved elements seen in the upper section. The combination of architectural forms along with allusions to the antique have created a beautiful piece of late eighteenth century Italian artistry that evokes a wonderful period in history.