Rare mirror with double inverted profiles in olive wood veneer inlaid with four reserves in plum wood, boxwood, sycamore burnt and tinted green.
The high and low reserves decorated with intersecting flower branches (peonies, jasmine, lilies), the side reserves decorated with parakeets perched in flower branches.
Fir core, mercury glass and original hanging hook.
Very good state of conservation.
Languedocien work, Toulouse Louis XIV period around 1680.
Height: 58 cm; Width: 53.5 cm
Our opinion :
Our little Languedoc mirror is a very rare example of the productions of the workshop of the "Dutch school of Toulouse" which copied the marquetry productions of the Netherlands at the end of the 17th century, in order to satisfy a rich Protestant clientele, very present in Languedoc.
If these productions were at first only inspired by those of our neighbors to the north, very quickly the Languedoc artisans emaciated from this model to obtain an atypical production.
The use of exclusively native woods, the green dye, the vegetal inspiration imitating nature and the tighter foliage, of Italian inspiration, are the main characteristics of this school which will strongly influence the young Thomas Hache.
This talented cabinetmaker, who was born in the capital of Languedoc, probably completed his apprenticeship in a workshop similar to the one that produced our mirror three centuries ago.
The majority of mirrors with double inverted profiles are either only in monochrome veneer or entirely decorated with foliage.
Our model is atypical, while being very sober, it offers us a quality decor, with native woods among the most precious.
20 000 €