Empire Gilt and Patinated Bronze Mounted Mahogany Cheval Mirror

Price on request

Contact Dealer To Purchase

Object Description

A Very Fine Empire Gilt and Patinated Bronze Mounted Mahogany Cheval Mirror or ‘Psyché’.

This fine Empire style mahogany cheval mirror or ‘Psyché’ is of exceptional quality, with finely cast gilt-bronze mounts and striking patinated bronze female busts.

The arched mirror plate is set within a mahogany frame with gilt-bronze foliate devices and a mask of Medusa. Above is a rectangular frieze surmounted by a triangular pediment centred by an applied gilt-bronze mount of a Roman Warrior in profile. The pediment is flanked by square section supports, headed by finely modelled, patinated bronze, classical female busts. The uprights are further embellished with gilt-bronze mounts of torches en flambeau with entwined snakes and terminate in patinated bronze feet put down on scroll supports.

This type of cheval mirror was sometimes referred to in France as a ‘psyché’, named for the héroïne in La Fontaine’s ‘Les amours de Psyché’, who was reputed to have looked at a full-length reflection of herself.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)20 7495 2324
+447500 832323

Dealer Location

Audley House, 3 The Grange
Albion Street, Brighton
West Sussex BN42 4EN

View Map