Gold Leaf Mirrors

18th-century Venetian style hand carved wood mirror with leaf and scroll design. Mirror finished in antique gold leaf
Venetian style mirror
Neoclassic style vertical carved wood mirror with leaf scrolls design
Neoclassic style mirror
Louis XV style mirror with leaf design. Mirror has a carved wood framed hand painted medium brown finish and antiqued gold leaf trim
Louis XV style mirror
Adam style carved wood and wrought iron oval mirror with leaf drops and floral design
Adam mirror
18th-century Italian style carved wood mirror in gold leaf finish
Italian mirror
18th century Tuscan style carved wood mirror with hand-painted medium brown finish and antique gold leaf trim
Tuscan style carved mirror
decorative mirrors - gorgeous hand carved wall mirror

Decorative Mirrors

At the end of eighteen century beautiful decorative mirrors in gold frames brought an element of a fairy-tail dreams to life. Exquisite decorative mirrors invaded all spaces of social interaction, replacing tapestries and other wall decorations. Mirrors with carved wood frames finished in gold and sliver leaf played a great role in interior decorating. Decorative mirrors surrounded by elaborate carved and gilded frames could be found in any room of stylishly decorated houses. Decorative mirrors were placed in the bedroom, dining and sitting rooms, between windows and above fireplaces, almost wherever they turned, ladies could look at themselves from head to toe at leisure.

In the 18th century decorative mirrors with gilded frames were extremely popular. Large demand on decorative mirrors and rising competition forced mirror makers to be twice as imaginative with regards to materials and shapes. At the end of 18th century round and oval mirrors shaped were invented, as well as rectangular ones with cornices. The decorative mirror's frames were lavishly embellished with urn motifs, elegant swags and drops, the rococo style mirrors with intertwined branches, foliage, and garland of flowers.

Decorative frames for mirrors introduced on this page are hand crafted from wood. Mirrors have an antique real gold leaf finish carefully applied on the wooden frame. Mirrors on this page are vertical mirrors, they vary from 43 to 67 inches in height.

Decorative carved frames for mirrors are finished with real gold and silver leaf. This type of finish can be done only by experienced craftsman. During finishing process gold is pounded to create wafer-thin sheets of gold. These gold sheets are then applied with the utmost care and special glue to the carved wood frames of the mirrors. Because the sheets of gold are so thin, they must be carefully handled or they will be disintegrated when touched.

Gold-leafing frames of the mirrors is a labor intensive and time consuming process. Don't underestimate the crumbling patina on an antique carved wood decorative mirrors. Patina on the framed mirrors adds charm and a sense of history. These mirrors will definitely add a warmth to any room.