During the reign of Louis Philippe, menuisiers produced furniture that focused more on comfort and less on aesthetics. Hand-carved décor was minimal, lines were graceful, and there was an increased emphasis on crafting items that could be used in the smaller dwellings associated with the new middle class. Our gold leaf mirror with shaped top is a gorgeous example of one such creation.
While the arbalete shaped top makes this mirror unique, the rest of the hand-carved frame is typical of Louis Philippe mirrors. The glass, which has a desirable loss of silvering, is surrounded by a ring of beading that has a gold leaf application. Two layers of cavetto cornices flank a quarter round molding that has been adorned with a floral margent border. All three layers have also been covered in gold leaf, making this 19th century Louis Philippe mirror with shaped top a perfect complement to just about any design style.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor rubs and losses to gilding. Light buildup and loss of silvering to mirror. A small portion of the outside of the frame has been professionally restored at bottom left corner.