Napoleon III Style Wall Mirror in Burnished Brass "Repoussé" Workmanship
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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 refined Napoleonic-era frame with a central mercury ground mirror; four mirrors are placed on each side and one mirror is placed behind the rich decoration at the top. The entire surface of the frame was made by working the brass using the "repoussé" method (repoussé=a technique for detecting predetermined drafts, figures, or designs on the surface of a sheet using a hammer and rounded punches on the back), after which the frame was dipped in a bath of burnishing acid, then mirrors were applied while the frame was attached to a back made of solid wood. The elaborate decorations, meticulously handmade, are in the French Rococo style with flowers and rocailles; the mirrors are a very important part, in fact, they were 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 dabbed, the resulting mixture was called "quicksilver." This technique was developed by the Venetian Master Glassmakers (Maestro Dal Gallo 1507); the Venetian Republic placed the work in secret, but over time it leaked from the city and spread to European countries, first and foremost France: the Mirror Gallery in the Castle of Versailles is decorated with hundreds of mercury mirrors! The frame was made between 1855 and 1860 in an artisan workshop on the outskirts of Paris. A highly decorative work that can be placed in any room of the house, in fact, the antique mirror has the ability to transform a room, giving it character and creating interesting and engaging perspective illusions. The object is in good condition. The mirrors' imperfections, small stains, and their surface veiled patina attest to their antiquity and authenticity. Measures width cm.34, depth cm.6, height cm.59. 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:
59H x 34W x 6D
23,23H x 13,39W x 2,36D
Creator / Artist:
Good; Wear consistent with age and use. The object is in good condition. The mirrors' imperfections, small stains, and their surface veiled patina attest to their antiquity and authenticity.
International - YES
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