Huge Peruvian 'Dahlia' Mirror with Hand Painted Glass Frame
The art of reverse painting on glass is an ancient technique. It has undergone various revivals in the history of glass, in Italy in the 14/16th centuries, in Holland and Spain during the 17th and 18th centuries and in France, England and the United States in the 18th century.
The method almost always involves the use of gold or silver leaf that is glued to the surface of the glass with either gelatine or albumen (egg white). A design is then scratched through the metal leaf and backed with paint that shows through the gold when viewed from the front. It is the reverse of painting on board or canvas.
H 153cm x W 103cm x D 6.5cm