Large Italian Mid Century Verre Eglomise Painted Mirror circa 1940 (63"w x 39"h)
This large and unique mirror was hand painted using a technique called "verre églomisé". This term, as translated from the French, means reverse painting on glass. Using a sheet of glass an artisan paints a design directly onto the glass while staying mindful that the pattern must make visual sense when seen from the opposite side of the glass, literally when seen in reverse. After the painting has been completed and is entirely in place only then is the silvering that creates a mirrored reflective surface applied. Please take a close look at the painted design to see that this large scale Italian mirror was created to hang horizontally. The entire mirror is made of nine separate pieces of mirror glass to create the large rectangular shape. The scallop shell at the centre of the top ribbon of mirror is repeated on the bottom ribbon so that when they are placed one atop the other they match perfectly. The same matched pairing is in on the left and right bands of mirror. The surprise on this vintage Italian mirror is seen in each of the four corners as there is a different design used in each of the square shaped corner mirrors. The theme of the overall verre églomisé motifs used here originated during the Baroque period where everything possessed a lavishly decorated surface. In this mirror the design appears to float within the mirror glass allowing a full reflection of an interior.
WIDTH: 63 in | HEIGHT: 39 in | DEPTH: 1 in
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