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Grand French Art Deco Decorative Wall Mirror
In the manner of (possibly) Paul Follot
12Kt White Gold Leafing
Circa 1920s, France

French Art Deco Decorative wall mirror with stylized floral design, typical of the Paris 1925 exposition.
Additional zig zag design frames the top at the corners. Fabulous!
Hand carved with gesso and covered with genuine 12 kt White gold, water gilded decoration.
Lozenge shaped original mirror. Truly one of the most elegant mirrors we have offered. Possibly Paul Follot.

A wonderful mirror for over a console table, buffet, vanity or for use in a powder room.

The 12 carat white gold leaf was painstakingly applied with the old world methods rarely used today,
such as water gilding. The 12 carat white 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.

Overall Dimensions: 55 7/8 high. 36 wide at top /33 5/8 wide at bottom.
Mirror alone: 47 3/8 high, 25 3/8 wide.

Condition: Mirror Frame is in excellent restored (June 2009) condition.
The original beveled mirror is in good original condition, showing some age at center (mirror backing loss).
Please see the images below that show the mirror facing the blue skies, to see mirror condition and close ups.

Please note: As with all of our mirrors, the original mirror itself is left intact when possible.
Of course they can be re-silvered or replaced if you prefer a new mirror. You may have this done
by your local glass shop, or we have this done for you, for an additional fee, by our glass shop.

FADM139: Price: $ 8,500.

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Additional photos below:






Additional Photos below show this mirror facing the blue skies, to show the age on the original mirror:





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