Large 19th Century 'Repousse' Portugese Mirror

A very large late 19th century ebonised ripple frame and repousse work mirror in the Baroque style with elaborate shaped mirrored backed cresting over central bevelled and aged plate framed by four bevelled border plates, each side framed by additional repousse work panels

Portuguese, circa 1880

Repousse work is one of the earliest forms of decorative metal- work with its origins as early as the 3rd century BC. Metal is poured into a shaped mould and when cooling hammered to create an intricate low level relief which is then burnished to create a polished finish. It is a an economical and practical method of creating complex designs without loss or waste of metal whilst retaining thickness
H 178cm x W 112cm
H 70.11" x W 44.11"


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