Auctions is pleased to offer a fine Chinese Qing Dynasty antique hand-carved elm wood and beveled glass mirror. Measures approximately 23 inches in width by 1 inch in depth by 34 inches in height (58.4 cm by 2.54 cm by 86.3 cm). Before the introduction of glass during the late Qing Dynasty, mirrors in China were made from metal alloys - a mixture of tin and copper called speculum metal, that could be highly polished to make a reflective surface - as well as mirrors made of polished bronze. However, Chinese artisans began making mirrors with the use of silver-mercury amalgams as early as 500 A.And it was only during the early Renaissance, when European manufacturers perfected a superior method of coating glass with a tin-mercury amalgam, and later during the 19th century, silvered-glass, did the technique become the basis of the modern glass mirror. This superb late Qing Dynasty Chinese mirror features an exquisite beveled glass mirror. And a beautifully hand-carved elm wood frame with rabbit motif. Ot only have beveled glass mirrors become a standard choice for most of today's interior designers who utilize the effects in creative ways to optimize the use of light within a room setting - but some of the most famous mirrors in history are beveled, such as.
Those that came from France during the late seventeenth century, when King Louis XIV commissioned his famous Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in 1678. The rabbit symbolizes longevity because of the Taoist (Daoist) legend of the "moon hare" that lives on the moon making the elixir of immortality. The mirror is in very good used condition, with wear showing age consistent with the late 19th century, including minor rear coating blemishes on the glass.
Guaranteed authentic, it would make a superb collectors piece for anyone involved in Chinese mirrors, antique furniture, or Chinese art in general. Our goal is to bring the same experience and excitement of collecting that we have been delivering in-person to collectors across the Globe at Primitive in Chicago. Every object we sell online has been carefully hand-selected with special attention to detail, quality, and significance. Add GJPaw to Sellers you Follow and please take a moment to look at our other auctions. The item "FINE ANTIQUE CHINESE QING HAND-CARVED ELM BEVELED GLASS MIRROR RABBIT CHINA" is in sale since Thursday, December 3, 2015.This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Mirrors". The seller is "gjpaw" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.