Louis XVI style French giltwood sunburst mirror c.1950
Louis XVI style French gilt-wood sunburst mirror c.1950 with inset convex mirror.
The sunburst as a decorative motif may have its roots in the halos surrounding figures in medieval religious art. During the 17th century, the Catholic church began using elaborate monstrances ﾗ decorative stands used to display the communion wafer ﾗ adorned with gilded rays. Churches in Italy (most famously St. Peterﾒs Basilica in Rome) often had gilded sunbursts above the altar.
Known as the Sun King, Louis XIV chose the head of Apollo surrounded by rays of light as his personal emblem. During his reign many pieces of furniture and architectural features were decorated with the sunburst motif.
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