This small giltwood miroir a parcloses (loosely translated as “a divided mirror”) was made in Provence, France in the 1700’s. The eight small rectangular mirrors that surround the large mirror are what makes this a parclose mirror. Notice how the smaller mirrors are separated from the large mirror by a fluted border. These mirrors are in turn separated from each other by quatrefoil flowers and raised roundels with a diamond-shaped diapered background. The roundels and diaper are repeated on the outer edge of the frame with a floral element bisecting each side. The elevated corners are embellished with a foliate motif and more lozenge diaper.
A rather large, gilded crown sits on top of the frame and is attached to the back of the frame via three wooden slats with screws. The highly detailed crown also has a diapered background. The bottom border of the crown is comprised of a series of scrolls and volutes. The top of the volutes terminate in stylized ball half-finials. In the center of the crown are a pair of flowers that rise above the background. The most prominent element is a large acanthus leaf that tops the crown.
The back of the frame has a string running through a pair of eye hooks. You can securely hang our gilded 18th century mirror on the wall of most rooms in the house, from the bathroom to an entry hall.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use including small loss of gilding to part of uppermost acanthus leaf, small loss to upper left corner and crown. See photos. Age separations to the gilded frame with traces of old wood worm on the back. The mirror has a light desirable loss of “silvering”.