'Arte Povera'  18th C. Mirror from Venice, Italy'Arte Povera'  18th C. Mirror from Venice, Italy'Arte Povera'  18th C. Mirror from Venice, Italy'Arte Povera'  18th C. Mirror from Venice, Italy'Arte Povera'  18th C. Mirror from Venice, Italy'Arte Povera'  18th C. Mirror from Venice, Italy

A Rare and wonderful small 18th century framed Mirror from Italy. The wood Frame is decorated in a style known as 'Arte Povera' (Art of the Poor) this was a very particular type of decoration used for mirrors, furniture and other objects such as vases that was developed in Venice, and where sheets of engravings were cut out , colored and then pasted on to the painted wood , and then given several coats of high gloss varnish (called 'sandracca'). The style became very fashionable and lead to imitation in other parts of Europe- thus 'Decoupage' in 19th century France and 'Scrap' art in England.

The Primary Photo of the mirror shows a Ruby Lane standardised mirror image, but in fact the actual silvering on the mirror is considerably deteriorated- see the lower photos. This is considered desirable by many decorators and collectors, however for a small cost I can replace it with a different mirror plate, with either perfect or slightly 'antiqued' silvering.

Notwithstanding the above paragraph, the mirror is in reasonable condition for its age, with only a small amount of wear to its beautiful decorative frame. Measures 25 inches high x 17 wide. Made in Venice circa 1760-1800. Backed with original wooden panel.

Item ID: 1822

'Arte Povera' 18th C. Mirror from Venice, Italy

$1,350 USD

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