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Paris, France (Place Created)
Gilded and painted oak
186.7 × 129.5 cm (73 1/2 × 51 in.)
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.