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Fine "trumeau". An trumeau is a decorative element consisting of a framed mirror topped with an inlaid, carved or painted panel. Overmantels were usually found above a fireplace, a console or between two windows. This one is decorated with ribbon bows, garlands of flowers and a sculpture of two lovely cherubs.
Style: Louis XVI
Louis XVI, who reigned from 1774 to 1789, is remembered as the last absolute monarch. The French Revolution of 1789 overthrew the monarchy by divine right and Louis XVI was guillotined on January 21st 1793.
The Louis XVI style is classical, inspired by Antiquity, the shapes are geometric, the legs of the furniture are straight and light, often fluted. However, under the influence of Marie-Antoinette, the ornaments are enriched with musical and rural attributes, ribbon bows giving a delicate touch to the furniture.