An 18c trumeau with a cartouche of an oil on canvas painting. This mirror is a fine example of the decoration which emerged during the Regence period (1700-1730), having an undulating use of C-scrolls around the painting, gilded frame around the mirror and painting, yet still incorporating molding in the 17c, low relief style known as Berain. Most significantly, the mirror sports a beautiful and delicately carved, pierced scalloped shell, presented in a slightly rigid and still symmetrical manner (in the Louis XV era, ornament such as the ever popular scallop shell would be presented in a more supple and asymmetrical form). The subject matter of the Regence period is pastoral--less heroic than that of earlier periods.
The trumeau shows signs of wear, most notably the loss of paint on the canvas and wear to the lower corners of the piece. The wooden surround has been repainted. The glass is original, and the gilded moldings are in notably good condition, with the carving and gilding intact.