Where it began: During the Régence period in France (1715-1723), King Louis XV was too young to rule the land, so a Regent, Philippe D’Orleans (who was the nephew of King Louis XIV) governed in his stead, thus the name of the era. Cultural changes after the death of Louis XIV were afoot, and the decorative arts reflect these changes: The popular style broke away from the rigid and refined elements of Louis XIV furniture by adding bolder and more elaborate designs to rectilinear forms.
Cocktail-party tidbit: The inner border’s motif on this beveled mirror is called les perles, for its resemblance of a strand of perfectly matched pearls. Pearls have always been associated with great wealth, as they are a natural creation—and before the invention of cultured pearls (in the early 1900s), the gems required significant time, effort, and expense to acquire.
Where to use it: You might expect to see this mirror in a grand hallway hung over an elegant console table—a brilliant display, no doubt—but we think it would look equally stunning hung over a fireplace in a slightly more contemporary setting.
Why we love it: The details and artistry of the frame make it part-mirror, part-artwork. Instant glamour.
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