Rare carved walnut mirror set with eight reverse- painted or "verre églomisé" glass panels, a process of applying both a design and gilding onto the rear face of glass to produce a mirror finish. Each of the panels depicts different exotic birds surrounded by flowers and foliage.
The walnut frame is ripple moulded and retains its exceptional original mirror plate.
During the 17th century cabinet-makers in the Southern Netherlands were decorating fine furniture with new and exciting decorative combinations. The same techniques and materials were also applied to picture frames.
On the back there is an inscription in ink and the date 1649, which is consistent with the estimated date of production of the mirror and two old collector's labels, one of which reads : "Flemish 17th century reverse glass painting gold backing walnut frame 000x37 Ex:"
Antwerp. Mid-17th century.
Dimensions: height 38cm x width 31cm
10 000 €