LARGE AND FINE NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD MANTEL MIRROR
Probably England, possibly New England c. 1805-20
Item # 701FNI30P
A powerful statement piece from the first quarter of the nineteenth century, this gorgeous giltwood over-mantel mirror is crafted in the angular Neoclassical taste. The secondary woods are pine and it’s origin could be on either side of the Atlantic, probably being of English decent but equally possibly a New England piece. Particularly distinctive for the twin columns that flank the very large mirrored surface, this is a distinctly architectural piece. The acanthus capitals raise a broad cove molding with a beaded border that is repeated along the lower rail, highlighting the recessed corners and rail most effectively. Three eglomisé panels along the top feature ebonized displays of floral wreath’s, the centermost surrounding a large stylized rose over a burnished gilt ground.
Very attractive and a powerful statement piece for the living room, this large piece defines the room with it’s clean and classical lines.
Measurements: 56 1/2” H x 55 3/4” W x 3 3/8” D
Plywood affixed by previous owners to reverse for strength, unexamined behind plywood. Areas of chipping and cracking to giltwood and gesso. Early gilding with some areas of gilt touch up. Glass is old with some silvering loss. Originality of parcel ebonized decorating of upper panels unknown. Overall a gorgeous presentation. Will require professional mounting in the home due to the weight.