Pair of important and rare carved ivory mirrors, France, Dieppe manufacture, mid 19th century
These particular and important mirrors were made by the French manufacture of Dieppe around the middle of the 19th century.
Each oval shaped mirror is inserted in a mixed wooden frame richly decorated with applications in bone and ivory. The bone and ivory material is finely engraved and carved: several small leaf-shaped parts are assembled, among which there are carved elements depicting sea creatures of fantasy, winged putti, feathers and male heads whose hair and beard are made up of foliated elements. There are also heraldic motifs such as flags, shields, crowns and is engraved in Latin the motto "SCOTORUM", or "of the Scots". The term "Scots" meant the Irish and the Scots, descendants of Queen Scota (from whom the name of Scotland derives).
The high-quality mirrors are therefore distinguished by a strong decorative quality and their great charm. They are curious objects that can be combined with antique and modern furnishings and are suitable for any environment to which they will bring a considerable sign of refinement.