Antique Italian Giltwood Florentine Overmantle Mirror 19th Century - 95x 80cm


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Object Description

A superbly carved and highly decorative fine quality Florentine giltwood overmantle mirror, mid 19th Century in date.

This rectangular mirror consists of a superbly carved giltwood frame with an arrow beaded border and scrolling acanthus leaf foliate decoration in high relief.

The gilding is original and it is certain to make a charming addition to that one special room in your home.

In excellent original condition with original gilding, having only been beautifully cleaned and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 95 x Width 80 x Depth 6

Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 2 foot, 7 inches x Depth 2 inches

Florentine frames made in Florence are a centuries-old tradition maintained by several artisan guilds. Florentine items produced from the mid-19th century onward, typically reflect a contemporary interpretation of Renaissance art and furnishings. They have an ornate appearance, and are typically gold gilded.

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.

Our reference: A3304

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:80 x H:95 x D:6 centimeters
  • period
  • country
  • year
    circa 1850

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