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Crested mirror frame

c. 1660

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Baroque exuberance abounds in the massing of leaves and flowers carved in high relief on this large frame. Cherubs hold a shield intended for a coat-of-arms. A border of flowers interrupted by blank areas, rather than continuous flowerage, indicates a late 17th-century date.


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 superb 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. The design called for two separately carved and gilded components, a rectangular frame for the mirror itself, and an elaborate crest. In certain cases, the crests 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. In this case, the cherubs that dominate the center of the floral crest flank a shield that has no coat of arms, suggesting that the frame was either made for stock, or once had a painted coat of arms that is now lost. Its technique and style relate it most clearly to mirror frames produced in France.


**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.

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  • Title: Crested mirror frame
  • Date Created: c. 1660
  • Physical Dimensions: 57 × 37 × 7 in. (144.78 × 93.98 × 17.78 cm)
  • Type: Furnishings
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5231790/
  • Medium: Oak and gilding
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection

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