Probably Northern Italian, circa 1800-1820. Primary: cherry, pine: secondary.
A rare and possibly unique pier mirror exhibiting exceptional carving with a high level of detail. The eagle, the wreath of foliage and birds are all carved out of the solid as well as the moldings of the mirror frame. There is great evidence of its age by the use of early hand-forged nails with oxidations and the iron braces used for support. It is believed that some mirrors were intended not to have gilt, gesso or paint so as to highlight the expertise of the carver. This example is so finely executed that any added surface would have masked the carving. The surface of this mirror would have been only slightly stained. The only evidence of additional surface is the discoloration of the wood filler used to cover the heads of the forged iron nails.
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