The crown of this large French painted mirror has a wonderfully hand-carved cartouche with the initials “CL” between a pair of facing C-scrolls. A shaped shield with a recessed scalloped shell crest encircles the monogram, with the lower scrolls of the shield slightly overhanging the original rectangular mirror.
Another carved element is the crinkled ribbon behind the monogram that extends along the top of the frame, finishing just short of the rounded upper corners. There is a thick quarter round molding that is embellished with repeating C-scrolls infilled with shells. This central molding has been placed in between three layers of cavetto molding, with one to the outside and two more interior. The bottom of the frame has a thick molding adorned with volutes and partial roundels that flank a volute leaf carving, that also obscures part of the mirror.
Our large 19th century mirror with “CL” monogram has a nice hand-painted finish, with tones of white and brown punctuating the overall beige color. The neutral hue allows the mirror to be placed on the floor of any bedroom or boudoir. It could also be rigged to hang on a wall, allowing it to be placed in a bathroom, hallway, or living room.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, with wear commensurate to age and use, including light loss of silvering/some markings behind glass as seen in photos. Minor wear to frame. The mirror has not been rigged for hanging, but it is tall enough to be a floor mirror.