A Grand 18th Century Louis XV Period, Giltwood Parcloses Mirror. Circa 1745
The arched cresting, centred with a cartouche with a shell and floral bouquet issuing trailing floral vinery, above a shaped outer frame with pierced mirrored surround, carved ornately and decorated with vine leaves, rose garlands and rocaille, all around its frame, with applied swags of pierced trailing foliage above a scalloped foliate-carved pierced apron and confomigly carved feet. Works of Northern Italy. Circa. 1745
H: 240cm W: 129cm
Venetian masters invented a flat mirror technique where they would attach tin to a flat glass surface. TheVenitian masters also created a special reflective mixture in which gold and bronze was added. Because of this “magical” mixture all objects reflecting in the mirrors looked much more beautiful than in reality. Venice and the Veneto were famous for making their grand and extravagant Rococo mirrors, amongst the best quality and most expensive in Europe.Their interiors were very rich in style. The cost of one Venetian mirror then was comparable to the cost of the large naval ship.