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Beautiful French Art Nouveau Style Giltwood Mirror 121 X 71cm

Beautiful French Art Nouveau Style Giltwood Mirror 121 X 71cm

Beautiful French Art Nouveau Style Giltwood Mirror 121 X 71cm

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About this item

This is a lovely and very decorative French Art Nouveau style hand carved giltwood mirror dating from the last quarter of the 20th century.

This beautiful mirror features classic Art Nouveau styling with a carved central plaque of a lady's head in profile with  a wing cockerel helmet. The mirror glass is framed with organic pierced cascading lines punctuated with leaf badges.

This asymmetrical shaped design adds to its appeal as a unique furnishing piece.

 

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 121 x Width 71 x Depth 8 - Frame

Dimensions in inches:

Height 4 feet x Width 2 feet, 4 inches x Depth 3 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

W71.0 x H121.0 x D8.0 cm

Condition

Used

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

Unknown

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

16154720
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