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Tortoiseshell Overmantel Mirror

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A wonderful and very rare overmantle mirror crafted of tortoiseshell and parcel gilt detailing

Key Features

  • This overmantel mirror is crafted from golden mottled amber of exquisite quality
  • The tortoiseshell is beautifully complemented by a dazzling giltwood border
  • Likely hailing from Scandinavia, the mirror exhibits a stately Biedermeier style

Item Details

  • Width:
    37 Inches
  • Height:
    21 Inches
  • Period:
  • Origin:
    Not Applicable
This exquisite overmantel mirror hailing from Northern Europe is an extraordinary rarity.  While it is far more common to see mirrors crafted from red tortoiseshell with an ebony wood border, this example is formed from a stunning pale amber mottled tortoiseshell that is perfectly complemented by the giltwood slip that borders that mirror. The piece, crafted to sit atop a mantel, exhibits the stately simplicity of the Biedermeier style, and is likely Scandinavian in origin based on both its style and materials.

The Biedermeier period lasted from the fall of Napoleon in 1815 until the Revolution of 1848. Developed mainly in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia, the Biedermeier taste emerged from the declining Empire style, and perfected the notion of elegant simplicity with clean lines and minimal adornments. Most items were made from local woods such as cherry and ash, with a preference for golden hues, as is seen in this stunning specimen of tortoiseshell.

Northern European, circa 1840

21" high x 37" wide

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