Eglomisé

  • Eglomisé

Eglomisè is not the style of a mirror but a decoration technique.
Arte Veneziana applies verre églomisé techniques on different products using different styles; Venetian, French, modern or contemporary.

Verre églomisé or back painting technique dates back to Egyptian times but it was named after Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711-1786) who was responsible for its revival in modern times. Glomy was a frame maker at the court of King Louis XV and Louis XVI and began using this technique during the second half of the eighteenth century.

Eglomisè consists of applying gold leaf to a glass substrate (plate, cup or any other object that can be decorated) using an oil-based adhesive. The gold leaf is then decorated with enamel or engraved with a metallic point.

Often, both techniques are used on the same object. If, however, the decoration is made on the back of the glass, it is preferable to bake the gold and enamel again to increase abrasion resistance, otherwise, the decoration can be protected by the glass itself (cold gilding).

As an alternative to verre églomisé, it is possible to decorate mirrors with enamel (avoiding the gold leaf coating). In this case too, the product can be baked again to increase abrasion resistance.

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