Stunning Large Ornate Swedish Neo Classical Mirror

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Stunning Large Ornate Swedish Neo Classical Mirror

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This is a gorgeous and very decorative richly carved rectangular Swedish giltwood mirror. There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is certain to make it a treasure in your home.

This mirror epitomizes the elegant Neo Classical style.

These mirrors speak for themselves, representing an era when classical ideals replaced the whimsical, natural-inspired Rococo carving. Massive discoveries at Pompeii and Herculaneum revealed a new take on “classical' styles that were founded on accurate drawings found by archeologists.

The top has a classical Urn motif with swags and the asymmetric design of architectural columns adds to its appeal as a unique furniture piece.

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 115 x Width 138 x Depth 6

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 9 inches x Width 4 feet, 6 inches x Depth 2 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.

Width: 138.0 cm
Height: 115.0 cm
Depth: 6.0 cm

Estimated Time: Less than one week

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Condition: Used

Wear Condition: Excellent

Style: Vintage

Listed by: Tino_8f8a

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SKU: 10086128