Winter Antiques ShowPark Ave Armory New York, NY January 20 – 29, 2017
Medium: Exotic wood, gilt bronze, original mirrored glass
Dimensions: 50.5 in high x 30.5 in wide x 4 in deep
Crafted by Édouard Lièvre, the master eclecticist of the Second Empire period, this mirror evokes the luxury and unique material craftsmanship of the former painter. Lièvre's watercolorist sensibilities reveal his painterly instincts in this piece-- impressing upon the viewer the importance of line and perspective, with the striking gilding giving the mirror physical depth. The mirror further reveals Lièvre's varying inspiration, with the exotic wood frame speaking to his fascination with classical Japanese styles and the gilding reminding one of French Rococo design.