This is a beautiful large antique English giltwood overmantle mirror, C 1860 in date.
The elaborate finely carved gilded frame features beautiful high-relief acanthus decoration with exaggerated cresting to the top and proportioned bottom cresting. The re-entrant inner frame has an egg and dart design which surounds a rectangular bevelled mirror plate.
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 in our workshops.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 120 x Width 143 x Depth 7
Dimensions in inches:
Height 47.2 x Width 56.3 x Depth 2.8
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: 09840