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Mirror "soleil" wavy rays

SFr. 92.00

Look at yourself in this mirror, and admire a modern figure of Louis XIV, "Le Roi soleil".
Or Mufasa; the Lion King.

Hakuna Matata !

 

Wood
Hand-painted and gold foiled
Flat mirror
c. 1950
Mirror 18cm
Frame 55cm

Pauline tells you a story:

The first mirrors used by humans were most likely pools of dark, still water, or water collected in a primitive vessel of some sort. The requirements for making a good mirror are a surface with a very high degree of flatness, and a surface roughness smaller than the wavelength of the light. The earliest manufactured mirrors were pieces of polished stone such as obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass. Examples of obsidian mirrors found in Anatolia have been dated to around 6000 BC. Mirrors of polished copper were crafted in Mesopotamia from 4000 BC, and in ancient Egypt.

The real revolution happened when the Venetians began using lead glass for its crystal-clarity and its easier workability. Sometime during the early Renaissance, European manufacturers perfected a superior method of coating glass with a tin-mercury amalgam, producing an amorphous coating with better reflectivity than crystalline metals and causing little thermal shock to the glass. The exact date and location of the discovery is unknown, but in the sixteenth century, Venice, a city famed for its glass-making expertise, became a center of mirror production using this new technique. Glass mirrors from this period were extremely expensive luxuries.

For example, in the late seventeenth century, the Countess de Fiesque was reported to have traded an entire wheat farm for a mirror, considering it a bargain.