Magnificent, Large Viennese Mirror
In original, stunningly excellent condition with an overall rich foliate and ornamental decoration. The big faceted mirror plate is surrounded by abundantly embellished etched cut glass segments and running cut glass bead and elliptic elements in the borders. The surmount is composed of scrolling foliate segments and a finely etched center. Dividing glass blossoms and leaves elements placed on top of the mirror segments complete the elegant appearance of this beautiful piece.
Mirrors of this size and quality, and of the Venetian style, adorned many salons in the newly emerging Ringstrasse Palais at the end of the 19th century. They were manufactured in the artisanal glass factories of the crown lands of the Habsburg Empire, which were at their peak, and also reflected the cosmopolitan mindset of the architects and builders of these Viennese Ringstrasse palaces, home to the international families of merchants, manufacturers, and bankers. These so-called “Ringstrasse Barons” were like planets revolving around their sun, and this sun was the Emperor and the House of Habsburg.