This visually stunning pair of Louis XV style giltwood wall mirrors are from late 19th century Italy. The vertically oriented rectangular mirrors are considered miroirs a parclose, which translates to “divided” or “glazing mirror”. 36 small mirrors of varying sizes have been artistically displayed at different angles around each large mirror. All the parcloses are surrounded by a decorative beaded molding, adding interest and depth to the mirrors.
The giltwood frames have stunning hand-carved scrolls interspersed with acanthus leaves. These motifs appear at the sides of the top and to a lesser extent at the bottom. The carvings at the top also function as supports for elaborate pierced crowns. Like the sides, the crowns exhibit scrolls and leaves, but they also are surmounted by partial shells.
Both mirrors have wire strung across the back for hanging purposes. Place these late 1800’s Louis XV style mirrors from Italy in just about any room of the house from a bedroom or bathroom to an entry hallway.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with some old repairs and age separations. Small break to one of the small parclose mirrors. Old glued repair marks on the backs of the crowns can be seen. Wire behind each mirror for hanging, in addition to an eyelet at the top.