This is a beautiful large antique English giltwood mirror, C 1870 in date.
The elaborate gilded frame with shell motifs in the corners and wonderful foliate decoration.
The quality and craftsmanship of this stunning piece are absolutely superb.
Add a touch of class to a special corner of your home with this fantastic mirror.
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.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 100 x Width 90 x Depth 8 – Frame
Dimensions in inches:
Height 39.4 x Width 35.4 x Depth 3.1 – Frame
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: 08128