Empire Danish Mirror with Gold Leaf Frame


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Large mirror with gold leaf gilded wooden frame; the mirror was made with the mercury technique; the frame has a very high edge and worked with a particular Empire style; was executed in Denmark between 1870 and 1880 and Danish craftsmen had distinguished themselves among those of the Nordic countries, for having created a national version of the Empire style, very personalized and original, in fact, the design is sober and elegant, but much more detailed than the Napoleonic Empire style. The frame was executed with the procedure called "pastiglia" (molded gesso). The "pastiglia" processing, the fruit of the ancient artisan tradition, was born in Italy in the late fifteenth century, remains in use for most of the seventeenth century, and then continued in the nineteenth century. The "pastiglia" consisted of a mixture of gypsum (calcium carbonate), vegetable-gluey resins, honey, linseed oil, and often marble dust. On the wooden support a veil of cloth was glued and subsequently various states of "pastiglia" were spread, this was then imprinted or engraved or finely modeled, usually, the decorative motifs were in bas-relief, then the whole was allowed to harden and in the end, it was applied the gilding with very thin gold leaves. The yellow color of Danish gold is more intense and brighter than French gold, which is a lighter and softer yellow. Measures: cm.103X75 x 10.

Current list price: €1.200,00

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19th century (1800-1899)
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Dimensions (cm):
75H x 103W x 10D
Dimensions (inch):
29,53H x 40,55W x 3,94D
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Mirror, Gilt wood
Good; Wear consistent with age and use.
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