Very beautiful mirror in finely carved, engraved and gilded wood.
The frame made up of Bérain baguettes separated by large glazing beads and enriched with gilt wood spandrels with interlacing and shells.
On the sides two windings of acanthus ending in eagle heads support the imposing original pediment.
The latter finely openwork foliage in "pigtails" surmounted by shells and a large woman's mask.
Very good state of conservation; original gilding (small touch-ups), original mercury bases, hooks and glasses.
Glasses with "Venice-style" glazing beads attributable to the Royal Manufacture of St Gobain's mirror glasses. *
Parisian work from the late Louis XIV period around 1710.
Height: 175 cm; Width: 105 cm
Provenance: Chateau du Languedoc
* The side glasses of our mirror are attributable to the royal manufacture of mirrors located in St Gobain.
Founded by Colbert in 1665, this manufacture aims to put an end to the monopoly of the Republic of Venice which then exports all mirror glasses throughout Europe with a flight of French capital estimated by the minister at 30,000 pounds each year.
If at first Venetian workers will be poached at a high price to work in the factory, they will be executed once the secret of the manufacturing process is discovered.
The Sun King who wants to place France at the forefront of each industry will not be satisfied with copying the technique and numerous tests will be carried out.
The main innovation will come from the discovery of the “table-pouring” process, which makes it possible to produce glasses of larger dimensions than blown glasses.
This novelty will notably allow the realization of the famous Hall of Mirrors in Versailles that the whole world will envy us, and will also allow new creations such as beveled glasses or as here glasses "in the style of Venice" which imitate glass rods ( murrines) juxtaposed with the mirrors of the city of the Doges.
The king will issue patents and the privilege of manufacturing this type of glass to the factory and very quickly what was the Venetian monopoly in the 17th century becomes a French monopoly with exports throughout Europe for a value of 400,000 pounds at the very beginning of the 18th century.
A true French flagship, the manufacture will pass into the hands of several families over the centuries to become St Gobain industrie in the 20th century.
Our opinion :
Mirrors became more democratic under the reign of Louis XV, but they were still extremely rare under the regency and under the reign of the Sun King.
The gilded wood border made up the bulk of the price of ice cream in the mid-18th century, while it was the opposite at the turn of the century with glasses that cost a fortune.
The rare presence of mercury glasses cast on our mirror constitutes an important element which determines the prestige of the original sponsor and which demonstrates the French supremacy in the production of mirrored glasses.
The mirror that we present in perfect original condition with its parquet flooring never dismantled and a high quality border is a very fine example of this production desired by King Louis XIV.
20 000 €