The J. Paul Getty Museum

Mirror frame

Object Details

Title:

Mirror frame

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1780–1785

Medium:

Gilded and painted oak

Object Number:

92.DH.20

Dimensions:

186.7 × 129.5 cm (73 1/2 × 51 in.)

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Object Description

Mirror glass was very expensive in the 1700s since it was difficult to produce and transport. To make a mirror, specialist craftsmen poured molten glass onto a large iron plate. These sheets were then taken by boat to the workshops of the miroitiers(mirror makers), who polished them and coated them with mercury. Only relatively small mirrors could be made until the late 1700s, so large frames would be filled with two separate pieces of mirrored glass. The modern mirror glass in this frame imitates this effect.