Originally a mirrored architectural for above a doorway, this wrought iron and tole overdoor with cartouche dates to circa 1850 France. The elaborate decorative element would have been positioned as a transom, directly over the top of a door.
In the center of the overdoor is a monogrammed arabesque with two mirror images of the letter “F” affixed near the top of the interlaced tole scrollwork. The tole is set within an open wrought iron cartouche consisting of curled leaves that surmount rinceaux of volutes, barbs, and additional curled leaves, encompassed by a thin demilune border. Gilt roundels add additional elegance, as do the centers of the volutes, which have also been gilded. The entire grouping is backed by the original mirror that is secured with screwed-on brackets (see detailed photos). Our mirrored overdoor from France can be used above any entryway of the house, including a hallway, bathroom, or interior courtyard.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor oxidation to iron, fleabites, and some loss to gilt elements. The mirror has a desirable loss of silver with light buildup.