Louis Philippe Style Large French Wall Mirror With Gold Leaf Frame


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We kindly suggest that you read the whole description, as we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Imposing an austere French frame with a mercury mirror; the top corners are elegantly rounded while the bottom is linear, all of which gives the frame refinement and elegance. The frame was made with the process known as "pastille" and then with the technique of "leaf gilding." The workmanship" a pastiglia" fruit of the ancient artisan tradition, originated in Italy at the end of the 15th century, remained in use for much of the 17th century, and then continued into the 1800s. The "pastiglia" consisted of a paste made from gesso (calcium carbonate), vegetable sticky resins, honey, linseed oil, and often marble dust. A veil of canvas was glued to the wooden support and then several layers of "pastille" were spread over it, this was then imprinted or engraved or finely modeled, usually the decorative motifs were in bas-relief, then it was allowed to harden and finally the "leaf gilding" was performed, which consisted of spreading "Armenian bole," red pigmented clay powder mixed with glue, over the entire surface, once it had dried, very thin gold leaves were applied. The mirror is a very important part it was made with the ancient mercury technique, which consisted of laying the metal above a series of layers of tin flattened on the glass, the mercury was then smoothed and polished with a special stone and buffered, the resulting mixture was called "quicksilver." This technique was developed by the Venetian Master Glassmakers (Maestro Dal Gallo 1507); the Serenissima placed the workmanship under secrecy, but in time it leaked out of the city and spread to European nations, first and foremost France: the Mirror Gallery in the Castle of Versailles is decorated with hundreds of mercury mirrors! Our frame was made in the Napoleon III style in a specialized workshop in Paris, France, between 1850 and 1855; in fact, the French city was a center of creativity and innovation for many centuries, attracting craftsmen and designers from all over France and the world. Among the old French makers of gold leaf frames and mirrors in Paris we can mention the Boulle Family, Maison Leleu, Maison Jansen, and Gueridon, but there were also other lesser-known but certainly no less important workshops for skill and craftsmanship. The Louis Philippe style developed in France in the mid-nineteenth century, is characterized by solid forms and refined decoration and aims to enhance the practicality and functionality of furniture. The lines of the furniture are straight and sober, and the forms are softened with rounded corners and rounded elements. The furniture made in this period loses the aesthetic lines of the Restoration and introduces a wide variety of embellishments that recall the most varied eras: the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Second Empire, of each style something is taken and reworked according to the taste of the time. The frame is in good condition. On the wooden frame and mirror, we did not consider doing any restoration because their surface veiled patina and small imperfections make the artifact truly seductive and fascinating and attest to its antiquity and authenticity. Measures width cm.114, depth cm.6, height cm.149. For all our shipments we use special packaging materials (custom-made wooden crates, Styrofoam, etc.) for maximum protection and safety of the objects.

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19th century (1800-1899)
Place of origin:
Louis Philippe
Dimensions (cm):
149H x 114W x 6D
Dimensions (inch):
58,66H x 44,88W x 2,36D
Creator / Artist:
Wood, Mirror
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