Pair of 18th Century Italian Louis XV Altar Giltwood Frames With Mercury Mirror
A pair of 18th century carved and gilt wood altar cards or cantagloria from Italy.
Mercury mirror plates have replaced lyturgical inscriptions and these antique Italian small frames used as decorative antique mirrors. Shaped, with scrolling and vegetal deep carving, they are realized in cembran pinewood and have an original gold leaf gilding and are in good condition, coming from a private Italian collection.
In Italy this antique artworks have been placed on the altar only during Mass and they usually contain the prayers that the priest recites during the Mass.
A small hole in the lower part of both frames shows a past use as wall-lights.
This antique Italian Louis XV mirrors will be superlative as hanging wall decorations or on a support, to adorn an antique furniture.
height: 30 cm
width: 25 cm
depth: 4 cm
Cembran pinewood frame and shaped cimasa are embellished with a deep carving, floral decorations, embellished with cherub heads, flanked by six winged putti masks, leaves and scrolls descending on the sides, supported by two angels, cornucopia with memento and crowns at the base. The lateral carving is enriched by further putti heads within scrolls, while the lower part of this antique mirror is adorned with vegetal motifs. The frame has an horizontal structure, centered by a modern mirror measuring 40 cm x 60 cm. The work comes from a private residence in Milan and it is in good condition, wear consistent with age and use, a minor missing leaf of the left lower part.