*Mirror can be hung horizontally, with slots available for crown to be mounted in either direction
Produced in the Netherlands, circa 1890, our repousse cushion mirror is adorned with lyre and seahorse motifs. Repousse is an artistic technique where décor is pressed into the metal from the reverse side, creating bas-relief images. These type of mirrors were first produced during the Baroque period of the 1600s in Venice, and the Netherlands. Similar mirrors were later made in France in the mid to late 1800s.
A roughly triangular shaped crown features a pierced cartouche of a mascaron above a raised medallion with fluted background beneath a lyre. Hippocampi (seahorse) supporters hold drapery in their mouths as they flank the cartouche. Each of their tails is wrapped around a fruited foliate stalk as their bodies hover over geometric borders, scrolls, and rinceaux. The brass has been laid over several panes of mirror, allowing the open spaces to be filled by glass.
The beveled cut center mirror is inset among eight smaller mirrors. The surrounding mirrors are arranged in two tiers, with the innermost layer slanting inwards. The mirrors closest to the periphery slope in the opposite direction, giving the mirror an added layer of depth. All nine mirrors are bordered by intricately detailed brass moldings, featuring rinceaux, shells, and foliate scrolls over repoussed backgrounds. The corners of the mirror are adorned similarly to the crown, with dolphin supporters bordering a lyre cartouche.
Our Dutch repousse mirror with lyre and sea creature ornamentation is in good antique condition with light loss of silvering to some of the mirrors. The back has been wired for hanging, and it is important to note that it can be hung vertically or horizontally, as the crown is removable and slots into two mortises on the edge (there are mortises on two of the sides)! Perfect for a variety of rooms, the mirror will make a nice addition to any style of house.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with build up to glass, specifically on the crown section. Light loss of silvering to one of the side mirrors and the crown. Small sections of the brass have been restored. Mirror can be displayed horizontally or vertically with slots for the crown available in either orientation.