Slender Venetian Mirror, Etched Decoration, Italy c.1910
Slender Venetian Mirror, Etched Decoration, Italy c.1910. The slender proportion of this mirror is quite unusual and while the photographs show the mirror in a vertical position please note the mirror may also be placed horizontally as it is a perfect rectangle. The art of etched glass has always been a Venetian specialty especially during the late 1600's through the mid 1700's when mirror glass was etched on the reverse side with figures that emulated the effect of a painting. In this mirror the central mirror plate shows the desirable shading, spotting and variation in the silvering that creates a sense of the passage of time as do the individually mounted pieces of the raised frame. There are actually six separate sections of etched mirror glass that comprise the frame and each of them feature a symmetrical design of a floral spray that decreases to a point of smaller and smaller circles that serve to elongate the overall effect of the pattern seen in the frame. in order to conceal the area where the pieces are joined there is an additional piece of shaped and etched mirror glass affixed with glass beads that cover these joins and add to the overall decorative appearance. The technique of etched mirror glass is very specifically chosen for its contrasting appearance between the opaque quality of the etched design and the reflective quality of the mirror glass and is especially powerful here.
WIDTH: 21 in | HEIGHT: 81 in | DEPTH: 1 in
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