This lovely small cartouche mirror was hand-carved in Italy with a detailed giltwood frame inspired by the Rocaille movement. Rocaille was an ornamental style of design popular in France during the early 18th century. Décor from the Rocaille featured ample curves and elements inspired by nature, such as shells and leaves. Notice the C-scrolls, lobed leaves, and floral margents on each side of the shaped mirror.
Although this quaint mirror has angular plinths beneath the bottom C-scrolls, the mirror was designed to be displayed on a wall. Of course, it could be re-purposed into a table mirror (support would need to be added). This beautiful hand-carved mirror is overflowing with life, and the color of the gold is just perfect. It would be a wonderful mirror for a smaller space, such as an entryway or powder room.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with light buildup and loss of silvering to glass. Minor age separations and losses to giltwood frame, revealing traces of red bole. Eyelet in the back for hanging purposes.