Antique English Neo Classical Giltwood Scroll Bordered Mirror C.1880

Antique English Neo Classical Giltwood Scroll Bordered Mirror C.1880

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An English Neo-Classical carved giltwood and gesso overmantel mirror, circa 1880 in date.

This superb rectangular mirror has its original glass mirror plate and features a superbly carved giltwood and gesso frame which is further decorated with a central flaming torch plaque to the top.

The beaded boarder has acanthus scroll carving intertwining around it.

The quality and craftsmanship of this stunning piece are absolutely superb.

Add a touch of class to a special corner of your home with this fantastic mirror.
 

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 77 x Width 124 x Depth 5 - Frame

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 4 feet, 1 inch x Depth 2 inches - Frame

Mirrors
are commonly used for personal grooming or admiring oneself (in which case the archaic term looking-glass is 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 to corrosion. 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 of plate glass was invented by 16th-century Venetian glassmakers on the island of Murano, who covered the back of the glass with mercury, 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 the 17th century, due to industrial espionage. French workshops succeeded in large scale industrialization of the process, eventually making mirrors affordable to the masses.

Dimensions

W124.0 x H77.0 x D5.0 cm

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Excellent

Date of manufacture

1880

Period

Unknown

Style

Antique

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

54469282
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