Hand-carved in the style of Louis XV, this stunning pair of large oval giltwood mirrors are from 19th century France. During the early years of the Louis XV period, a new movement, known as Rococo, emerged. French woodworkers began to incorporate motifs that were highly ornamental and inspired by nature. Common carved elements included scalloped shells, pebbles, and curled leaves, all of which can be seen on the frames surrounding the mirrors.
Both mirror panes have an immediate border of foliage surrounded by a concave molding. A finely carved lozenge-patterned background encircles the recessed area, interrupted by four large gadrooned shells with margent tendrils. Each shell rests above a scalloped leaf infilled with parquetry-style diaper. A pair of small relief floral margents flank the cartouche beneath a raised and sinuous lip adorned with egg and dart. The sides have a cavetto cornice in front of a subtle border of partial flowers.
A beautiful pair of oval giltwood mirrors from the 1800’s with master level carvings, they would make fantastic additions to just about any wall of the house from an entryway to above his/hers sinks in a master bath. Each mirror is 47 inches tall by 40 1/2 inches wide.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor age separations, traces of buildup, and loss of gilding to frames. Slight scratches on mirrors and light loss of silvering. The mirrors have been rigged to hang on a wall, as seen in photos.