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Rococo Revival Gilt Gesso Mirror

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Item Details

  • Width:
    52 1/2" Inches
  • Height:
    70 1/4" Inches
A large and elaborate Rococo Revival mirror encircled by a carved and gilded wood and gesso frame of foliate scrolls and reticulated vines. Even though mirrors of this substantial size were in great demand during the period, they were also very rare and few were ever made. The glass to create such important works was extremely difficult and expensive to produce, and the frames were time consuming to create. To own a mirror of any size, particularly one as large as this, was an extraordinary luxury afforded to only the wealthiest households.

Circa 1840

52 1/2" wide x 70 1/4" high
Styled after the designs of the legendary Thomas Chippendale, this monumental 19th century mirror is a work of art. The intricate tripartite frame is crafted of giltwood, and is decorated with graceful elements such as flourishing foliage, acanthus leaf scrolls and flowers, cascades and icicles, and two Hou-hou birds, or Japanese phoenixes.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...The History of the Mirror

A beautiful antique mirror can be one of the grandest pieces in a home. However, few people know where the true value of a mirror once lay. Today, we find value in the frames of our mirrors, but just 170 years ago, it was the mirror glass itself that was most precious. Read More »

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