The antique mirror is deffinitely an essentiel item of decoration. It is found in all the styles and periods from the Middle Ages to today. Different methods and materials have been used in mirror-making throughout history. The first mirrors were made from a simple sheet of polished metal. Glass was later used associated with a metal leaf. An amalgame of tin and mercury was then used to make antique mirrors, especially the trumeaux hung above the fireplace in the 18th C.
In the 19th C France invented the silver-back method and mercury, reputed to be toxic, was abandoned.
The 18th or 19th C mirror, whether it be carved or plain, painted or gilded, art nouveau ou baroque, one of our antique dealers is sure to have it.
Large early 17th century spanish carved polychromed mirror. Under Philippe IV (Olivares)
Heavily carved gilt mirror with polychromed fruits and foliage. The botom medaillon is decorated with a sword...