Flemish Baroque Tortoiseshell Mirror

  • This outstanding 17th-century Flemish mirror boasts a frame of precious tortoiseshell and ebony
  • Flemish glassworkers were some of the most respected and innovative of the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Period examples of Flemish mirrors are extremely rare and highly coveted
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Item No. 29-5316

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This monumental 17th-century Flemish mirror is crafted in the grand Baroque style. The magnificent frame is veneered in exquisite tortoiseshell with wave-moulded bands of ebony providing a flawless accent. Tortoiseshell and ebony were both among the most precious and coveted materials of the 17th century, and are used to their utmost effect in this exceptionally rare looking glass.

Flemish glassworkers enjoyed a reputation of excellence beginning in the 16th century. These skillful craftsmen are credited with the invention of the tin-mercury method of mirror-making, a process that made polished metal mirrors obsolete. They employed and excelled in a number of decorative techniques in creating the frames, including marquetry, japanning (Dutch and Flemish japanning was of the highest quality, surpassing even the English), and the use of tortoiseshell veneering and ebony. Similar mirrors are featured in World Mirrors: 1650-1900 by Graham Child.

Circa 1680

44" high x 32" wide x 1 1/2" deep
The frame of this rare Flemish Baroque-period mirror is clad in the finest tortoiseshell and ebony
Type: Wall Clocks
Depth: 1.5 Inches
Width: 32.0 Inches
Height: 44.0 Inches
Style: Baroque

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