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There's nothing quite as beautiful as a Venetian Mirror. And the
history of Venetian mirrors can be traced back to the early 16th

In the early 16th century the Venetians perfected metal
backed glass. Back to the beginning mirrors were used purely for
functional purposes. More than used for viewing they were used as a
form of illumination. Mirrors were combined with candles to provide a
brighter illumination than just the candles would provide.

1. Cut And Etched Glass Mirrors
was a very popular method of decorating glass in the late 18th
centuries. Windows, stemware, and mirrors were often etched. Etching
was done by immersing the cut glass in an acid bath. The parts of the
glass that weren't going to be decorated were covered with rosin and
beeswax which is called resist. Then when the exposed parts are
immersed into the acid the pattern is revealed.

This provides a
beautiful finished piece! Some etching still appears today but much of
it come from previous eras. Etched and cut glass mirrors look great in
any d├ęcor whether modern or traditional.

2. Freestanding Mirrors
the early 18th century freestanding dressing table mirrors and cheval
mirrors were very popular in dressing rooms and bedrooms. Generally
they were set in sturdy but simple wood. Over time the decorations
become more ornate being topped with the Rococo style.

Of course
there are modern freestanding mirrors available but finding one of the
originals to add to your room is a real treasure! Don't pass it by if
you are so lucky.

3. Gilt Framed Mirrors
Soon mirrors become
more than functional. They took on a less practical purpose and a more
fashionable purpose. These mirrors become ornate pieces of furniture.
The fragile glass was suddenly protected by ornate gilded frames.

when it seemed that the most ornate mirrors had arrived, they become
even more ornate. The frames became heavier and the gilt finish more

There is still a terrific selection of antique and
vintage gilt mirrors available on the market. But it won't always be
like that so if you find that perfect mirror be sure to make it yours!

4. Wall Mirrors
carved wood framed mirrors became the mirror of choice during the early
20th century. And gesso mirrors were an instant success! Gesso was a
finish that allowed for very ornate finishes which were then completed
with a gilt finish.

Gesso produced a beautiful ornate finish
however over time the finish did have a tendancy to break down
especially if exposed to moisture. It takes a great deal of skill to
repair a Gesso finish.

Wall mirrors are a great way to make your
room look larger. They also make an excellent focal point. The type of
wall mirror depends a great deal on the era you are shopping in. Today
there are some terrific contemporary choices available too.

mirrors have always been beautiful and today they continue to that
tradition. If you are looking for a mirror that is rich in history and
beauty then you should purchase a Venetian mirror!

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