The overmantel mirror

Glorifying the area of the fireplace, the overmantel mirror has never been neglected. It progressively replaces the massive Renaissance chimney breasts under Louis XIII and Louis XIV, to become a major concern of the most reputed designers in 18th century.

Receiving broad mirrors under the Regency, just like in the Hotel de Soubise, it contributes to 18th century’s wonder, reflecting the chandelier’s flames. Accommodating to the succession of styles, over-mantels progressively become independent in order to be replaced. With or without a mirror, it is often fitted as well with paintings or sculpted panels.

Important decoration element of 19th century indoors, over-mantels have been made in great quantity. The elegance they give to indoor rooms also highlights the fireplace’s wood or marble.

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