The themes of this decorative French bronze table mirror from the late 19th century, are love and music.
A beveled mirror sits inside of a harp-shaped frame made of silvered bronze. The harp is a well known symbol of love in the form of lyrical art, poetry, and music. Continuing this musical theme, on the upper right side of the frame, there is a musical trophy that contains a horn and a lute, surmounted by laurel leaves. Laurel leaves are one of the symbols of Apollo, the god of music.
Along each side of the frame, we see two well-detailed putti: depictions of the Greek god of love, Eros (known as Cupid by the Romans). The putto on the left side of the frame is holding a flaming heart that resembles a torch. A heart symbolizes love, relationship, and commitment; the flaming heart embodies passion. The winged putto on the right side is clinging to a floral vine.
The sides of the frame where the putti are located depict two different orders of columns. The column on the left is a Corinthian column, complete with fluting and a caulicole capital. The column on the opposite side is a Tuscan column, which is an unadorned column. Above the Corinthian column is a large rinceau of acanthus leaves, and in the center of the largest leaf, is a floral rosette. A row of beading beneath the rinceau tail parallels the shape of the mirror. The mirror is supported by a folding easel stand with volute feet.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age. Minor rubs and faded silvering to bronze.