Gilt-wood & Gesso Frame with Original Mirror
Gilt-wood and gesso frame with cherub motif, original mirror. 18th century. 19-1/2″ wide, 7-1/2″ deep, 32″ high.
A gilt-wood and gesso framed mirror is a type of mirror that was popular in the 18th century. It is characterized by its frame, which is made of gilt-wood and gesso. Gilt-wood refers to a type of wood that has been coated with a layer of gold leaf, which gives it a bright, shiny appearance. Gesso is a type of plaster that is used as a base for gilding, and it helps the gold leaf adhere to the wood. The combination of gilt-wood and gesso gives the mirror frame a rich, luxurious appearance.
This type of mirror was typically used in formal spaces, such as palaces or grand homes, and was a symbol of wealth and luxury. 18th century gilt-wood and gesso framed mirrors are now highly sought after by antique collectors and are considered valuable pieces of decor. They are often used to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to interiors, and can be incorporated into a variety of design styles, from classical to contemporary.