French 19th Century Rectilinear Gold-Gilt Mirror
Dimensions: 67″H x 29-1/4″W x 1-3/4″D
A tall and narrow gold-gilt mirror from 19th century France. The mirror’s rectangular frame has a special design, with ribbed and running-chevron motifs finished in brilliant gold gilt. The frame has some French red that is visible from behind the gold finish. The mirror’s glass is also antique and original to the piece. It is composed of two glass plates that are stacked: the only way to fill mirrors with large pieces of glass at that time. The glass plates are backed in mercury, creating their mirrored effect. Some of this mercury has become separated from the glass in places. This is an occurrence known as “foxing” and is a desired characteristic of antique mirrors. It gives the reflection an antiquated filter, almost as though the reflection is looking at you from back in time, c.1860.