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Tall French Art Deco Wall Mirror Trumeau
Egyptian Theme
Gilded with 12 kt white gold
Circa 1920s, France

Stunning French Art Deco Decorative Wall Mirror.
Hardwood with several layers of gesso and water gilded with genuine 12 carat white gold leaf.
Original beveled mirror intact.
Beautiful solid mahogany hardwood, hand carved frame with elegant French Art Deco
Lotus flower and circular geometric designs. The design on this mirror is quite unique and reflects the Egyptian influence that was popular during the Art Deco era, thanks to the discovery of King Tut's tomb.

A beautiful mirror to hang in an entry foyer, over a ladies dressing table or in a dining room
over a sideboard (feng shui enthusiasts use mirrors here to reflect the bounty
of a beautiful meal served on the dining table).
Use an elegant mirror such as this in a powder room for a touch of personal extravagance.

The 12 carat white gold leaf was painstakingly applied with the old world methods rarely used today, such as water gilding. The 12 carat gold leaf has a soft patina and warmer cast than the silver or metal leaf finishes that are more common.  

Water gilding is a more elaborate process requiring greater preparation, but its elegance and refinement of finish are unsurpassed. Water gilding is used mainly for picture frames, furniture,  religious artifacts, sculpture, objects d'art and also for the embellishment of stately buildings. 

The process essentially consists of applying six to twelve coats of gesso to the substrate to  produce a very fine smooth surface, followed by four to eight coats of bole, a refined clay available in various colors. The bole is polished to a fine finish (any flaws or grit would ruin the appearance of the gilding), coated with dilute size and allowed to dry. The surface is then wetted with water and gold leaf is laid onto it immediately; as the water soaks into the gesso it quickly draws the gold into close contact with the surface. When dry, any loose fragments of gold leaf are skewed off as in oil gilding and the surface is given a protective coat of ormolu size to enhance the color and uniformity of the gilding. Ormolu size is a mixture of weak size and lacquer colored with a little orange-red resin called 'dragon's blood'. It is common for different elements of a water-gilded piece to be given contrasting finishes to enhance the design. This effect is called 'bright and matt' gilding. The bright passages are usually gilded twice but they are not ormolu sized. Instead they are burnished with a burnishing tool, a polished rounded stone agate set in a wooden handle, to produce a mirror finish.

This mirror was restored employing this period appropriate, old world tradition.

Dimensions: Overall: 33 wide, 62 high.
Mirror: 27 1/2" x 39 1/2".

Condition: In excellent condition-The gilded frame has been completely restored ( May 2009) and the mirror is original and in very good to excellent condition.
The mirror shows some age at the top and side, the center is excellent.

Item # FADM137: Price: $ 4,800.

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