Chippendale mirror in an elaborate, oval frame of carved and gilt wood formed of symmetrical scroll-work.
Great Britain, UK
Although here labelled as a mirror, this type of object in the 18th century was described as a girandole or sconce. The mirror glass reflects the candlelight to increase the volume of light. Here, the girandole frame has become a vehicle for elaborate Rococo carving, with flowers, leaves, and birds (cranes often called ho-ho birds). The gilded carved surfaces also reflect candlelight.#Rococo #Chippendale #mirror #girandole