Mirror frame

MAKER:
Maker

Unknown

DATE:
c. 1670
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General Description

Baroque exuberance abounds on this mirror frame carved in high relief. Mirrors were often as valuable and important as paintings in 16th- and early 17th-century interiors and were frequently framed even more elaborately than pictures. This mirror frame is of a type produced in Italy, France, Flanders, and England in the mid-17th century for aristocratic or upper-middle-class interiors. Crests, like the one seen on this mirror, enable us to identify the owner of the frame, either by a coat of arms or by a combination of heraldic symbols commonly associated with a particular family.

Adapted from

  • Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 172.
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 63.