A Decorative 18thC Painted & Carved Oak Wall Mirror c.1790

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Object Description

The generously sized eighteenth century carved oak pier mirror with Rococo influences, probably Venetian, having traces of gilded and painted decoration of teal green with gilded highlights, the original rectangular mirror plate now beautifully foxed, with a shell surmount and shaped carved frame.

Object History

Unknown.

Object Literature

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw the development of decorative mirrors in Venice. Wood frames were sometimes covered with strips of cut mirror, and enhanced with glass reeds, flowers and leaves. The sheets were also decorated with oil paints, while the mirrors’ wooden parts were varnished or painted gold according to the tastes of the time.

This interesting mirror truly has had countless love affairs with reflection; a striking piece.

Object Condition

The mirror is in decorative and part distressed condition and is attractive. The plate is foxed beautifully but still retains some clear parts whilst the gilding as a whole has areas of wear and loss as seen in the photographs. There was at some stage a q

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