18th century Rococo carved giltwood mirror


An 18th century Rococo carved giltwood mirror. Circa 1740.

H: 173 cm (68’’)
W: 105 cm (41 1 /2’’)
D: 9 cm (3 1/2’’)

BHA 1190

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An 18th century Rococo carved giltwood mirror. Circa 1740.

This impressive large-scale late-Baroque period mirror exhibits many of the features of the early- to mid-18th century, when asymmetry and the craze for the extravagant Rococo reached its peak. This chic form harmonises well with the fashion for romantic chinoiserie and light-hearted theatrical expression with C-scrolls, foliage and sinuous curves incorporating rocaille work. Very much a style without rules“. 

In very good condition overall.

An almost identical mirror is illustrated in English Furniture Of The Eighteenth Century, Herbert Cescinsky, George Routledge & Sons (1911) vol. II, p. 328, fig. 362 – however the eagle holding the spray of roses and leaves appears to be a later addition.

Note similarities with a Rococo carved frame containing an 18th century Chinese mirror picture in the mirror room at Saltram House, Plymton, Devon.

For the ultimate in Rococo and Baroque visit the Würzburg Residence – Balthazar Neumann.


V&A · Rococo


Baroque – Wikipedia


Rococo | Boundless Art History – Lumen Learning