Late 19th Century Italy
H 167 x W 105 x L 8 cm
A decorative Rococo style 19th Century Murano mirror, the scallop top with griffin engraved, with foliate engraved surrounding mirror plates, with hand blown glass flower and leaf moulding throughout.
This elegant and decorative mirror is a fine example of Venetian craftsmanship, with engraved panels and hand blown flowers. Venetian mirrors were originally made on a small island called Murano in the Venetian area of Italy (the name Murano is still famous today for its hand-blown glass). For 200 years, beginning in 1503, the glassmaking families of the island guarded their secret method of producing the world’s first clear glass, called “crystalline.”
A typical Venetian mirror might be square, oval or round with bevelled edges and an arched cresting and like this piece, will be unique, often with coloured glass, having been shaped and bevelled.
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