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.
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