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Antique Venetian Style French Pareclose Mirror France circa 1890 (37" w x 59" h)

This beautiful antique French mirror is in the Venetian manner from France circa 1890. The use of all mirror glass that covers the wooden frame is particularly Venetian as is the lavish cartouche at the top of the mirror. The exuberant scroll work of the cartouche adds a note of brilliance to the rectangular form of the overall mirror with its etched mirror glass and separate pieces of mirror that make the overall design. Please notice that the four sides of the mirror are also separate pieces of mirror that surround the large central sheet of mirror. All of these outer pieces are set at an angle to the main glass and serve to extend the reflective area of the mirror. This "pareclose" effect was especially popular in France and is seen more often in French mirrors than anywhere else. Seen in the centre of each of the "pareclose" mirror sections is a delightful motif of foliage actually etched on the underside of the glass before it was silvered. When this design is gently stroked it feels completely smooth as all the work is on the reverse side. The far outer frame of this Venetian style mirror has slender strips of mirror with the inner and outer edge defined by a rippled border detectable by both the eye and touch. Since the four corners of the mirror are adorned with individual pieces of cat mirror to conceal the joins the overall effect of this antique French mirror is one of absolute sparkle. The Venetians became world famous for their ability to create the most extravagant mirrors beginning in the sixteenth century and maintained a monopoly on production for years before other countries figured out the method. This is an antique mirror and shows signs of the passage of time. The largest section of the cartouche does have a crack in the mirror (see photo) and this is how it was purchased. To us such signs reinforce the value of antique objects with their depth and texture achieved over time without a newly manufactured appearance.

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DIMENSIONS

37.00" w x 3.00" d x 59.00" h

93.98cm w x 7.62cm d x 149.86cm h

This beautiful antique French mirror is in the Venetian manner circa 1890. The use of all mirror glass that covers the wooden frame is particularly Venetian as is the lavish cartouche at the top of the mirror. The exuberant scroll work of the cartouche adds a note of brilliance to the rectangular form of the overall mirror with its etched mirror glass and separate pieces of mirror that make the overall design. Please notice that the four sides of the mirror are also separate pieces of mirror that surround the large central sheet of mirror. All of these outer pieces are set at an angle to the main glass and serve to extend the reflective area of the mirror. This "pareclose" effect was especially popular in France and is seen more often in French mirrors than anywhere else. Seen in the centre of each of the "pareclose" mirror sections is a delightful motif of foliage actually etched on the underside of the glass before it was silvered. When this design is gently stroked it feels completely smooth as all the work is on the reverse side. The far outer frame of this Venetian style mirror has slender strips of mirror with the inner and outer edge defined by a rippled border detectable by both the eye and touch. Since the four corners of the mirror are adorned with individual pieces of cat mirror to conceal the joins the overall effect of this antique French mirror is one of absolute sparkle. The Venetians became world famous for their ability to create the most extravagant mirrors beginning in the sixteenth century and maintained a monopoly on production for years before other countries figured out the method. This is an antique mirror and shows signs of the passage of time. The largest section of the cartouche does have a crack in the mirror (see photo) and this is how it was purchased. To us such signs reinforce the value of antique objects with their depth and texture achieved over time without a newly manufactured appearance.