From Italy, circa 1850, this richly carved Venetian giltwood mirror features a small roughly circular mirror inset in an elaborate crown
A stylized shell with acanthus tips emanates from the top of the small mirror. This upper mirror is surrounded by a raised molding. Flanking the 7 x 7 ½ inch glass is a pair of scrolled acanthus leaves, each topped with a C-scroll and festooned with several floral rosettes.
The main mirror is surrounded by gadrooning and a raised molding adorned with flowering vines. On each corner of the molding is a C-scroll similar to the scrolls that flank the smaller mirror. The topmost scrolls run about halfway down the sides of the mirror, while the bottom scrolls start several inches below. These lower carvings wrap around the corners and continue to the bottom side before terminating in slender rectangular molded plinths.
These types of mirrors were first produced in Venice more than 100 years before the one seen here. Our mid-19th century Venetian giltwood mirror, standing at nearly 5 1/2 feet tall, would look stunning in just about any room. Hang it in an entryway, bathroom, or bedroom and it instantly becomes a focal point of the wall.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including age separations. Light loss of silvering to the top mirror. Minor nicks and losses to gilding. Old repairs including reinforcements to the back of mirror. Three eyelets in the back for hanging purposes.