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Antique Large Giltwood Louis Revival Oval Cushion Mirror 19th C 139x100cm

Antique Large Giltwood Louis Revival Oval Cushion Mirror 19th C 139x100cm

Antique Large Giltwood Louis Revival Oval Cushion Mirror 19th C 139x100cm

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About this item

A finely carved antique Louis Revival  'Cushion' giltwood mirror, circa 1870 in date.

The central oval mirror plate is framed by four beaded and egg and dart cushioned marginal side mirror  plates with a decorative inner frame, the mirrors are all superbly bevelled.
 

The frame is surmounted with a striking carved giltwood floral and foliate crest, it features outset decoration of garlands, and is further enhanced  with giltwood shell and floral deoration. The gilding in excellent original condition.

 

This mirror is a very decorative item which will look amazing and enhance the look of any room.

Condition:

In excellent condition, the frame having its been beautifully cleaned and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 139 x Width 100 x Depth 22

Dimensions in inches:

Height 4 feet, 7 inches x Width 3 feet, 3 inches x Depth 9 inches

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

W100.0 x H139.0 x D22.0 cm

Condition

Refurbished

Wear condition

Excellent

Date of manufacture

1800s

Period

19th Century

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

49529998
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