Antique Pair Florentine Giltwood Mirrors 19th Century - 104 x 94 cm
Antique Pair Florentine Giltwood Mirrors 19th Century - 104 x 94 cm
Antique Pair Florentine Giltwood Mirrors 19th Century - 104 x 94 cm
Antique Pair Florentine Giltwood Mirrors 19th Century - 104 x 94 cm
Antique Pair Florentine Giltwood Mirrors 19th Century - 104 x 94 cm
Antique Pair Florentine Giltwood Mirrors 19th Century - 104 x 94 cm

Antique Pair Florentine Giltwood Mirrors 19th Century - 104 x 94 cm

c. 1870 Italy

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£5,250 gbp
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This is a superb pair of antique Italian Florentine giltwood mirrors, circa 1870 in date.

The rectangular mirrors plates are within a boldly-carved scrolling acanthus frame, with a beaded inner border.

Florentine style refers to the art and architecture coming out of Florence, Italy during the Renaissance period. Florentine furniture is characterized by the heavy use of gold gilding on wood and very elaborate hand carved decoration.

This impressive pair is certain to make a charming addition to that one special room in your home.

Condition:
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 107 x Width 94 x Depth 15

Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 6 inches x Width 3 feet, 1 inch x Depth 6 inches

Mirrors are commonly used for personal grooming or admiring oneself (in which case the archaic term looking-glass is sometimes still used), decoration, and architecture.

The earliest manufactured mirrors were pieces of polished stone such as obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass. In classical antiquity, mirrors were made of solid metal (bronze, later silver) and were too expensive for widespread use by common people; they were also prone to corrosion. Due to the low reflectivity of polished metal, these mirrors also gave a darker image than modern ones, making them unsuitable for indoor use with the artificial lighting of the time.

The method of making mirrors out of plate glass was invented by 16th-century Venetian glassmakers on the island of Murano, who covered the back of the glass with mercury, obtaining near-perfect and undistorted reflection. For over one hundred years, Venetian mirrors installed in richly decorated frames served as luxury decorations for palaces throughout Europe, but the secret of the mercury process eventually arrived in London and Paris during the 17th century, due to industrial espionage. French workshops succeeded in large scale industrialization of the process, eventually making mirrors affordable to the masses.

Our reference: 08108
Dimensions
Height 107.00 cm (42.13 inches)
Width 94.00 cm (37.01 inches)
Depth 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Stock Code
08108
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