Antique French Louis XVI Walnut Mantel Mirror

2903-5329L (Click to Inquire About This Item)

18H x 44W x 1.5D

Location: Baton Rouge


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Antique French Louis XVI Walnut Mantel Mirror is perfect for adding timeless classicism to any decor!  Great for high mantels with heavy crown molding just above, placement above cased openings, or other such niche applications, it has been hand-carved from solid French walnut with a banded staff motif derived from the fascis.  The original French beveled mirror adds visual appeal and a lovely reflection of your room.
The fascis is a Latin term meaning bundle, refers to a bound bundle of wooden rods, sometimes including an axe (occasionally two axes) with its blade emerging. The fascis is an Italian symbol that had its origin in the Etruscan civilization and was passed on to ancient Rome, where it symbolized a magistrate's power and jurisdiction. The axe originally associated with the symbol, the labrys (Greek: λάβρυς, lábrys) the double-bitted axe, originally from Crete, is one of the oldest symbols of Greek civilization. To the Romans, it was known as a bipennis. The image has survived in the modern world as a representation of magisterial or collective power, law, and governance. The fascis frequently occurs as a charge in heraldry: it is present on the reverse of the U.S. Mercury dime coin and behind the podium in the United States House of Representatives.
Circa early 1900s
Measures 18H x 44W x 1.5D

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