This is a beautiful antique Victorian giltwood mirror , Circa 1860 in date.
Gushing with beauty, elegance and refinement, this mirror is the epitome of Victorian style. It is certain to make a charming addition to that one special room in your home and can be hung horizontally or vertically.
The frame comprises a formal border which edges the mirror, with the more elaborate foliate decoration centred around it.
It is certain to make a charming addition to that one special room in your home.
In excellent condition, with original gilding, having been beautifully cleaned in our workshops. As an antique item, the mirror plate shows minor signs of use commensurate with age, these minor condition issues are mentioned for accuracy and, as seen in the accompanying photographs, the mirror display beautifully.
Mirrors are commonly used for personal grooming or admiring oneself (in which case the archaic term looking-glass is sometimes still used), decoration, and architecture.
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.
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