Mercury mirror

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The technique of the mercury mirror was developped in Northern Europe during the 14th century, but it was the Venetians who, during the 15th century really developped the technique. Around 1672, France was able to produce high quality mirrors itself and thus stopped importing Venetian mirrors. One of the most famous examples in France is the hall of mirrors at the Versailles Palace.

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Important antique Louis XV period overmantel mirror in carved and gilt wood (ref. 10400) - Available at Galerie Marc Maison #mercury #mirror #overmantel #18thcentury #louis15

Important antique Louis XV period overmantel mirror in carved and gilt wood - Overmantels and mirrors

Important antique 18th century overmantel mirror, Louis XV style , made out of carved and gilt wood. Original mercury mirror in two parts.

Mercury mirror's back.

mercury mirror

Before mercury mirrorsThe Chinese (since the Neolithic Period), the Egyptians (2,900 BC), the Greeks and the Romans all shared the desire to contemplate their reflection and needed a tool to do so. Historians and archeologists found traces of mirrors, mostly hand-mirrors, made out of polished metal, usually bronze or silver. Because they were small in size, they did not allow one to contemplate oneself from head to toe. These rare objects belonged to highly ranked people. It was not until…

Hall of Mirrors (tinning detail), Versailles Palace. © photography Maurice HAMON.

mercury mirror

Before mercury mirrorsThe Chinese (since the Neolithic Period), the Egyptians (2,900 BC), the Greeks and the Romans all shared the desire to contemplate their reflection and needed a tool to do so. Historians and archeologists found traces of mirrors, mostly hand-mirrors, made out of polished metal, usually bronze or silver. Because they were small in size, they did not allow one to contemplate oneself from head to toe. These rare objects belonged to highly ranked people. It was not until…

“Hall of Mirrors (beveled mercury mirrors detail), Versailles Palace. © photography Maurice HAMON. ”

mercury mirror

Before mercury mirrorsThe Chinese (since the Neolithic Period), the Egyptians (2,900 BC), the Greeks and the Romans all shared the desire to contemplate their reflection and needed a tool to do so. Historians and archeologists found traces of mirrors, mostly hand-mirrors, made out of polished metal, usually bronze or silver. Because they were small in size, they did not allow one to contemplate oneself from head to toe. These rare objects belonged to highly ranked people. It was not until…

Large #antique #Louis16 #style overmantel mirror with mercury glass #frenchantiques #decor

Large antique Louis XVI style overmantel mirror with mercury glass - Overmantels and mirrors

Beautiful large Louis XVI style antique overmantel from the 19th century. The upper part is adorned with a large flower-filled vase from which sprout long, slim foliated scrolls and ears of wheat. With its original mercury mirror . The original fireplace is available under ref. 2819.

Casting of mercury mirror in Saint-Gobain with Pierre Delaunay-Deslandes, director of the manufacture from 1758 to 1789. Oil on canvas.

mercury mirror

Before mercury mirrorsThe Chinese (since the Neolithic Period), the Egyptians (2,900 BC), the Greeks and the Romans all shared the desire to contemplate their reflection and needed a tool to do so. Historians and archeologists found traces of mirrors, mostly hand-mirrors, made out of polished metal, usually bronze or silver. Because they were small in size, they did not allow one to contemplate oneself from head to toe. These rare objects belonged to highly ranked people. It was not until…

Casting table in Saint Gobain factory for mercury mirrors, about 1730. © photography Maurice HAMON.

mercury mirror

Before mercury mirrorsThe Chinese (since the Neolithic Period), the Egyptians (2,900 BC), the Greeks and the Romans all shared the desire to contemplate their reflection and needed a tool to do so. Historians and archeologists found traces of mirrors, mostly hand-mirrors, made out of polished metal, usually bronze or silver. Because they were small in size, they did not allow one to contemplate oneself from head to toe. These rare objects belonged to highly ranked people. It was not until…

Danckerts, the city of Venise (detail of the island of Murano where the mercury mirrors were first made), circa 1600, engraving.

mercury mirror

Before mercury mirrorsThe Chinese (since the Neolithic Period), the Egyptians (2,900 BC), the Greeks and the Romans all shared the desire to contemplate their reflection and needed a tool to do so. Historians and archeologists found traces of mirrors, mostly hand-mirrors, made out of polished metal, usually bronze or silver. Because they were small in size, they did not allow one to contemplate oneself from head to toe. These rare objects belonged to highly ranked people. It was not until…

Venetian mirror maker, Mercury mirror with a glass framing, late 17th – early 18th century. © photography Archivio Fotografico-FMCV, 2013.

mercury mirror

Before mercury mirrorsThe Chinese (since the Neolithic Period), the Egyptians (2,900 BC), the Greeks and the Romans all shared the desire to contemplate their reflection and needed a tool to do so. Historians and archeologists found traces of mirrors, mostly hand-mirrors, made out of polished metal, usually bronze or silver. Because they were small in size, they did not allow one to contemplate oneself from head to toe. These rare objects belonged to highly ranked people. It was not until…

Mercury mirror with a gilded stucco and wood framing #frenchantiques #19thcentury #interiordecoration #antique #design #decor #home #style

mercury mirror

Before mercury mirrorsThe Chinese (since the Neolithic Period), the Egyptians (2,900 BC), the Greeks and the Romans all shared the desire to contemplate their reflection and needed a tool to do so. Historians and archeologists found traces of mirrors, mostly hand-mirrors, made out of polished metal, usually bronze or silver. Because they were small in size, they did not allow one to contemplate oneself from head to toe. These rare objects belonged to highly ranked people. It was not until…

Large antique Louis XVI style overmantel mirror with mercury glass

Large antique Louis XVI style overmantel mirror with mercury glass - Overmantels and mirrors

Beautiful large Louis XVI style antique overmantel from the 19th century. The upper part is adorned with a large flower-filled vase from which sprout long, slim foliated scrolls and ears of wheat. With its original mercury mirror . The original fireplace is available under ref. 2819.

Antique neoclassical gilded mirror with its original mercury mirror.

Antique neoclassical gilded mirror - Overmantels and mirrors

Original Restauration style mercury mirror in gilded stucco and wood.

Beautiful antique Regency style overmantel mirror with its original mercury glass

Beautiful antique Regency style overmantel mirror with its original mercury glass - Overmantels and mirrors

Beautiful overmantel in gilded stucco and wood. An important shell is topping the original mercury mirror . The original fireplace is available under ref. 2891.

"Venus Asks Vulcan to Cast Arms for Her Son Aeneas" - Louis XVI period overmantel in carved wood - Overmantels and mercury mirror

Venus Asks Vulcan to Cast Arms for Her Son Aeneas - Louis XVI period overmantel in carved wood - Overmantels and mirrors

Rare Louis XVI style and period overmantel in carved wood, with a modern gilding. The upper part is decorated with a garland of flowers. Both sides are sculpted in form of pilasters, with roses, ribbons, quiver, sword, spear, helmet and griffin.A perl friez fram an oil on canvas figuring Venus Asks Vulcan to Cast Arms for Her Son Aeneas and an original mercury mirror. Mythology :In Roman mythology, Vulcan (1) and Venus (2) form a very asymmetrical couple : the god of smithy, very ugly and…

Antique gilded Louis XVI style overmantel with quiver and flammed torch decor with its original mercury mirror.

Antique gilded Louis XVI style overmantel with quiver and flammed torch decor - Overmantels and mirrors

This elegant Louis XVI style overmantel was made in the 19th century in gilded wood and stucco. It is topped with a quiver and a torch connected by a crown of flowers and laurels. The corners are decorated with scrolling foliage. The mercury mirror is framed by a double frieze of hearts and pearl.

Antique Louis XVI style overmantel painted with flower garlands, with its original mercury mirror

Antique Louis XVI style overmantel painted with flower garlands - Overmantels and mirrors

This antique Louis XVI style overmantel was made in the 19th century in wood and stucco painted in white. It is topped by flower garlands hanging from a ribbon. The mercury mirror is round on the upper part and framed by two friezes of pearls and oves.