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The mirror returns your most beautiful reflection

The mirror returns your most beautiful reflection



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The mirror is an integral part of our decorative interiors. If today, this accessory seems natural to us, that was not always the case. Mirror, my beautiful mirror… The mirror is such a polished surface that an image is formed by reflection. No defect is acceptable otherwise the reflection is not perfect. And that requires great technique. Most of the time, the mirror consists of a thin metallic layer which is protected by placing a glass on it. The Venetians were the first to master this art perfectly. In France, it was not until the Manufacture Royale des Glaces created by Colbert in 1665. Mirrors have been around for a very long time, but they were a luxury item until the 19th century. Indeed, this accessory was not essential at the time. It was not until the 20th century that standing mirrors became part of the bedroom. They will then enter the bathroom, then all the rooms. The mirror and its wider distribution modify behavior. So self-image and aesthetics are taking up more and more space. The mirror has a very particular symbolism because it is a reflection of oneself but in reverse. We often think that it is a "side" of our personality, sometimes harmful. We find the mirror and its symbols in many stories like Snow White or Alice in Wonderland. Today, the mirror undergoes many transformations, thus creating ever more unexpected objects. Mirrors can take colossal sizes or very original shapes. The designers are happy to work on and dress the mirror: baroque mirror, exploded or split mirror, round, square, rectangle, oval ... Everything is possible! Did you know ? The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles has 357 mirrors, which makes this Baroque gallery a spectacular piece!