An elegant and highly decorative small rectangular English gilt and painted walnut effect mirror in the Georgian style, dating from the last quarter of the20thcentury.
This richly hand carved rectangular mirror features a broken swan neck pediment with a central eagle over a mirror plate with a gilt framed border and impressive gilt floral decoration.
There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is certain to make it a treasure in your home.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 82 x Width 39 x Depth 5
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 8 inches x Width 1 foot, 3 inches x Depth 2 inches
Our reference: 07551
are commonly used forpersonal groomingor admiring oneself (in which case thearchaic termlooking-glassis sometimes still used), decoration, and architecture.
The earliest manufactured mirrors were pieces of polished stone such as obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass.In classical antiquity, mirrors were made of solid metal (bronze, later silver) and were too expensive for widespread use by common people; they were also prone tocorrosion. Due to the low reflectivity of polished metal, these mirrors also gave a darker image than modern ones, making them unsuitable for indoor use with the artificial lighting of the time.
The method of making mirrors out ofplate glasswas invented by16th-centuryVenetianglassmakerson the island ofMurano, who covered the back of the glass withmercury, obtaining near-perfect and undistorted reflection.For over one hundred years, Venetian mirrors installed in richly decorated frames served as luxury decorations for palaces throughout Europe, but the secret of the mercury process eventually arrived in London and Paris during the17thcentury, due to industrial espionage. French workshops succeeded in large scale industrialization of the process, eventually making mirrors affordable to the masses.
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