This is a beautiful large antique English Art Deco overmantle mirror, Circa 1920 in date.
The elaborately shaped mirror features a finely carved gilded frame hand painted with flowers. It is surmounted with a beautifully carved acanthus crest and is further embellished with an engraved and coloured glass sunburst design to the top section. There are three further mirrored and shaped panels below.
The quality and craftsmanship of this stunning piece are absolutely superb.
Add an elegance touch to any room in your home with this fantastic decorative mirror.
In excellent condition, with original gilding, having been beautifully cleaned and waxed in our workshops.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 137 x Width 182 x Depth 6
Dimensions in inches:
Height 4 foot, 6 inches x Width 6 feet x Depth 2 inches
The purpose of gilding is to give the appearance of solid gold, a practice that began over 4,000 years ago in Egypt. Paintings from Egyptian tombs from around 2000 B.C. show workers pounding gold into thin sheets to apply to pieces of furniture and coffins. The Greeks applied gilding to statues in around 400 B.C.E., and gilding techniques have continued to be used in Europe, South America, Spain, Britain and the United States.
During the 18th century, Louis XIV of France flaunted his wealth with gilded furnishings, framed artwork and architectural detailing, marking France as a leader in the decorative arts.
Our reference: A2640