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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Each has a rectangular mirror below a hand painted scene of playful cherubs in the manner of Boucher.
The quality and craftsmanship of these stunning pieces are absolutely superb.
Add a touch of class to a special corner of your home with this fantastic French mirrors.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
The mirrors show signs of wear consistent with age.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 97 x Width 42 x Depth 3
Height 33 x Width 25 - canvas only
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 2 inches x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 1 inch
Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 10 inches - canvas only
Trumeau mirror is a wall mirror originally manufactured in France in the 18th century. It takes its name from the French word trumeau, which designates the space between windows. In England it is normally known as a 'pier glass'.
Trumeau mirrors were originally intended to hang on a wall between windows, providing a decorative element and bringing more light to the room. Most antique trumeau mirrors are highly ornate and often gilded.
The mirror is almost always rectangular and sometimes includes a decorative portion at the top, with the mirror below it. Those designed to be placed above a mantelpiece, rather than between windows, could have candles placed in front of the mirror to increase ambient light.
Reproductions of 18th-century trumeau mirrors became popular in the Regency period and in the 1950s, when French furniture was popular.
A genuine antique trumeau can cost between US$2000 and US$20,000.
François Boucher ( 1703 – 1770) was a French painter in the Rococo style.
Boucher is known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories, and pastoral scenes. He was perhaps the most celebrated decorative artist of the 18th century. He also painted several portraits of his patroness, Madame de Pompadour.
Reflecting inspiration gained from such artists as Peter Paul Rubens and Antoine Watteau, Boucher's early works celebrate the idyllic and tranquil portrayal of nature and landscape. However, his art typically forgoes traditional rural innocence to portray scenes with a definitive style of eroticism as his mythological scenes are passionate and intimately amorous rather than traditionally epic. Marquise de Pompadour (mistress of King Louis XV), whose name became synonymous with Rococo art, was a great admirer of his work.
Boucher's paintings such as The Breakfast (1739), a familial scene, show how he was as a master of the genre scene, where he regularly used his own wife and children as models. These intimate family scenes are contrasting to the licentious style seen in his Odalisque portraits. The dark-haired version of the Odalisque portraits prompted claims by the art critic Denis Diderot that Boucher was "prostituting his own wife", and the Blonde Odalisque was a portrait that illustrated the extramarital relationships of the King. Boucher gained lasting notoriety through such private commissions for wealthy collectors and, after Diderot expressed his disapproval, his reputation came under increasing critical attack during the last years of his career.
Along with his painting, Boucher also designed theatre costumes and sets, and the ardent intrigues of the comic operas of Charles Simon Favart closely paralleled his own style of painting.
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