Napoleon III Giltwood Mirror
Napoleon III Giltwood Mirror Napoleon III Giltwood Mirror Napoleon III Giltwood Mirror Napoleon III Giltwood Mirror
Napoleon III Giltwood Mirror

Napoleon III Giltwood Mirror

  • This Napoleon III giltwood mirror is exemplary of 19th-century French interior design
  • This particular mirror features a sumptuously carved Neoclassical giltwood frame
  • Mirrors of this size and quality were luxury items afforded to an exclusive few
  • To find a period mirror of this quality and condition is extraordinary
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Item No. 30-7615
$39,850
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Distinguished by its elaborately carved giltwood frame, the magnificent size, expertly executed woodwork and beautiful condition of this Napoleon III-period mirror make it a prized specimen of 19th-century French design. Costly and labor-intensive to produce, mirrors such as this were considered luxury items, their ownership limited to an exclusive few. The finest were made by the best craftsmen in the area and to find one in such superb condition is truly rare.

Largely due to the influence of Emperor Napoleon III, who wished to have his name associated with the classical grandeur of Rome and cement his place in French history, the decorative style of this period, known as the Second Empire, is distinguished by a vast mixture of styles from previous centuries. Eclecticism reigned as craftsmen revisited the most opulent styles from decades past and created their own elaborate versions. Artisans were inspired by the Renaissance, Henri II furniture, Boulle furniture of the baroque period, rococo and neoclassic Louis XVI furniture. Inspiration also came from the near and far East, as the treasures of China, Japan and Constantinople made their way to Europe.

Circa 1870

51" wide x 9" deep x 82 1/2" high
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:France
Type:Other
Depth:9.0 Inches
Width:51.0 Inches
Height:82.5 Inches
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