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A 19th Century French Verre Eglomise Mirror
France, 1860

A very fine 19th century French verre eglomisé mirror. The marginal reverse painted and gilded in the imitation of tortoiseshell and brass boulle designs of the 17th century.

Verre eglomisé is a term applied to a process of decorating glass from the reverse with metal foil, usually gold or silver, engraved with pictorial or geometric designs.  The technique was known as early as the 3rd century BC in Alexandria and was widely used throughout the Roman Empire and in early Christian times.

The gold glass decoration became associated in France during the 18th Century with a designer, framer and great collector of works, Jean Baptiste Glomy.  From his house on the rue de Bourbon he was credited with inventing a method of framing prints with black and gold fillets painted from behind the glass.  Thus his name became arbitrarily linked to a much older process.

The imitation of boulle designs on this particular mirror with the simulation of tortoiseshell and brasswork recalls the work of Andre Charles Boulle and contemporaries including Daniel Marot.

Height 91.00cm (35.83 inches)
Width 57.00cm (22.44 inches)

Reference - N01.24