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Each mirror has a rectangular re-entrant frame with carved female term figures holding festoons of flowers to the sides and surmounted by a finely carved and pierced acanthus foliate cresting with 'C'-scrolls and trailing foliate garlands. The central oval mirror plate is flanked by finely decorated verre eglomisé spandrels of acanthus and foliate devices.
The term verre eglomisé is nowadays generically used for the process of decorating glass or mirror from the back. Strictly speaking it defines the process, the earliest examples of which date back to Antiquity, of covering the reverse side of the glass with a layer of gold or silver leaf which was finely engraved and painted with a layer of colour that showed through the engraving when the glass was viewed from the front.
The name verre eglomisé only dates from 1825 when it was derived by the French archaeologist Carrand from the name of Jean-Baptiste Glomy (d. 1786), a Parisian framer who had popularised the technique for decorating frames.
|Height||140.00 cm||(55.12 inches)|
|Width||102.00 cm||(40.16 inches)|
|Depth||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|