Louis XVI French Gold Leaf Wood Mirror 1750


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Elegant wooden frame with mirror produced in France in 1750 Louis XVI; on the upper side, we find a rich carved ornament representing two musical instruments, a lyre, and a flute, tied together by a floral decoration, while the sides of the mirror are simple and linear. On the wooden frame, already carved, a mixture of gypsum (calcium carbonate), vegetable sticky resins, honey, linseed oil, and marble dust was deposited (a "pastiglia" process born in Italy at the end of ' 400), then the "Armenian bolo" (red pigmented clay powder, mixed with glue) was applied, once dried it was applied with the application of very thin gold leaves (leaf gilding). The mirror is a very important part, in fact, it was made with the ancient technique of mercury, which consisted of depositing the metal over 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 "bright silver". This technique was developed by the Venetian Glass Masters (Maestro Dal Gallo 1507); the Venetian Republic placed the processing under secret, but over time it leaked from the city and spread to European nations, first of all, France: the Gallery of Mirrors in the Castle of Versailles is decorated with hundreds of mercury mirrors! The imperfections of our mirror, the small spots, its veiled superficial patina, and the tin-plated back, attest to its antiquity and authenticity, making it a unique, useful, and beautiful furnishing accessory. France 1750. Measures: Cm.100 x 60 x 4.

Current list price: €2.800,00

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18th century (1700-1799)
Place of origin:
Louis XVI
Dimensions (cm):
100H x 60W x 4D
Dimensions (inch):
39,37H x 23,62W x 1,57D
Creator / Artist:
Wood, Mirror
Good; Wear consistent with age and use.
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