Napoleon III Style French Mirror with "Repoussé" Crafted Brass Inserts
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We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Elegant and opulent Napoleonic-era frame with a ground central mirror, four mirrors on either side, and rich ornaments; it was made with repoussé-worked brass decorations; the elaborate decorations are in the French Rococo style with flowers, fruits, and rocailles; the embossed plates were handcrafted to a wooden back; the frame was embossed, chiseled then assembled with the mirrors in a craft workshop near Paris between 1852 and 1855. "Repoussé" (embossing) workmanship is a technique for detecting predetermined drafts, figures, or designs on the surface of a sheet of metal by using a special hammer on the back and alternating in the workmanship numerous and special punches. The technique of embossing was known since ancient times and was used by the Assyrians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and later in the Middle Ages. The mirrors are a very important part of this object, in fact, they were made with the ancient mercury technique; this process 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 Chateau de Versailles is decorated with hundreds of mercury mirrors! Our complex mirror is a highly decorative work that can be placed in any room of the house, in fact, the mirror has the ability to transform a room, giving it character and creating interesting and engaging perspective illusions. Measures width cm.33, height cm.60, depth cm.4. The frame is in good condition and our mirrors' imperfections, small stains, and their surface veiled patina attest to its antiquity and authenticity; we must take into account that the object is about 170 years old! For all our shipments we use special packaging materials (wooden crates, styrofoam, etc.) for maximum protection and safety of the objects.
19th century (1800-1899)
Place of origin:
60H x 33W x 4D
23,62H x 12,99W x 1,57D
Creator / Artist:
Good; Wear consistent with age and use. The frame is in good condition and our mirrors' imperfections, small stains, and their surface veiled patina attest to its antiquity and authenticity; we must take into account that the object is about 170 years old!
International - YES
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