French 19th Century Gold Gilt Mirror
French over mantle mirror with ivy motif and original mercury glass. Gold gilt wood mirrors are made of wood, then rubbed with a white plaster - like material, next they were painted with a rouge paint which the gold gilt adheres to. Over the many years of dusting and cleaning the mirrors, you will begin to see a rouge color from under the gilt. In this particular mirror you can see the layering that goes into a gilt wood mirror.