19th Century Viennese Rock Crystal and Silver Gilt Mirror
19th Century Viennese Rock Crystal and Silver Gilt Mirror
19th Century Viennese Rock Crystal and Silver Gilt Mirror
19th Century Viennese Rock Crystal and Silver Gilt Mirror
19th Century Viennese Rock Crystal and Silver Gilt Mirror
19th Century Viennese Rock Crystal and Silver Gilt Mirror

19th Century Viennese Rock Crystal and Silver Gilt Mirror

c. 1860 Austria

Offered by M. S. Rau Antiques

US$49,850 usd
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This magnificent Viennese mirror combines the mastery of the Viennese enameling tradition with the radiance of rock crystal. The silver gilt pieces are covered in a complex design of champlevé and relief enameling, while panels of intricately etched natural quartz are set in its base. Particularly popular during the 19th century, Viennese enamels are considered some of the finest ever made, and Vienna has been widely celebrated as the enameling center of Europe. To find an item of this quality, perfectly paired with luminous rock crystal, is exceptional and highly desirable.

From the Renaissance to the 19th century, rock crystal was considered one of the most precious and rare materials used in the decorative arts. Discovered thousands of years ago, rock crystal, or natural quartz, has long been cherished for its natural beauty and ability to refract light. When cut and polished, the natural striations and inclusions of the crystal create a reflection of light far more brilliant than manmade crystal or glass. The scarcity of this crystallized quartz, however, limited its use to only the most important and impressive works of art.
Excellent
Dimensions
Height 13.60 inch (34.54 cm)
Width 10.75 inch (27.30 cm)
Depth 5.00 inch (12.70 cm)
Stock Code
30-7445
Medium
Gilt Silver, Enamel, Rock Crystal, Mirror
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