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September 2, 2011

VERRE EGLOMISE-WHAT?

Filed under: Verre Eglomise — jherzlinger @ 12:23 pm

I just bought a pair of stunning rectangular ventian mirrors that have the most gorgeous painting around the sides.  So I thought to write this post on EGLOMISE as most people are not familiar

with this term or what it looks like.

Verre églomisé, from the French term meaning glass gilded, is a process in which the back side of glass is gilded with gold or metal leaf.

In one method, the metal is adhered using a gelatin adhesive, which results in a mirror-like, reflective finish in which designs are then engraved. The metal leaf may be applied using oil-based adhesives  to achieve a matte finish.

The gilding may also be combined with reverse painting on glass.

The technique dates back to the pre-Roman eras, but its name is derived from 18th century French decorator and art-dealer Jean-Baptise Glomy (1711–1786) who is responsible for its re-popularization.

One of the key historical periods of the art was in Italy during the 13th to 16th centuries. Small panels of glass with designs formed by engraved gilding were applied to reliquaries and portable altars.

It has also been used throughout Europe since the 15th century, appearing in paintings, furniture, drinking glasses and similar vessels and jewelry. It is also often seen in the form of decorative panels of mirrors,

clock faces, and in more recent history, as window signs and advertising mirrors.

ENJOY!

LOVE,

JAMIE

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