An Early 19thC Italian Ebonised Wall Mirror


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Object Description

The distressed but beautifully evocative wall mirror, retaining the original mercury glass rectangular mirror plate now beautifully foxed, to an ebonised frame , the whole surviving from the first quarter of nineteenth century Italy.

Object History


Object Literature

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw the development of decorative mirrors in Italy. The cylinder process, where cylinders of glass were blown then split open and laid flat, had some limitations meaning that only small plates could be made, so several pieces of glass would be used to create a single mirror.

An achingly beautiful reminder of the passing of time; now more of a shimmering picture than a looking glass.

Object Condition

The mirror is in decorative and distressed condition and is attractive in its originality and the fact it has not been meddled with. The original mercury glass plate is very worn and bare in places, please refer to the photographs for a full visual reference. It has fixings so it can be hung both in portrait or landscape. There appears to be a small fracture to the upper left corner.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1767 640995
+44 (0)7729 213013

Dealer Location

The Onion Barn
Shoe Cottage
15 High Street
MK44 3NL

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