Between tradition and modernity.
The central technique of reverse glass gilding goes back to the 13th century. Often associated with painting and engraving, it was predominantly used in Italy. As the main representative of the technique Cennino Cennini deserves mentioning here, who dedicated a separate chapter to the art of gold etching in combination with reverse glass gilding in his treatise, Libro dell’Arte, written in approx. 1400.
Subsequently, it was Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711-1786), a French painter and frame-maker, who initiated a renaissance of the gilded glass art at the Royal Court of Louis XV and XVI. He eventually served as the namesake of the collective term “VERRE ÉGLOMISÉ” which became general terminology. The technique saw another revival around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, the so-called Belle Époque, mainly in the field of sign painting and shop window design.
And today? Essentially, we work with time-honoured, traditional procedures! Ultra-thin beaten gold leaf, silver, but also other leaf metals such as brass and copper, are still hand-applied on the reverse side of the glass body. However, a detachment from the historical context set in motion an innovative, creative process in the “research laboratories” of the ateliers. The experiment, the examination of different materials and surfaces is again paramount. The option of coloured silver oxidation shall be mentioned as an example.
Not to forget the in-house production of glue chipped glass with its fascinating details.
Away from the industrial production, unique pieces with a high artistic standard are created featuring a multi-facetted colour spectrum of finely nuanced, vibrant structures. Selected examples are shown in our
A small visual documentation of glass modules to be silver plated for a mirror wall.
Images of the fully installed mirror wall can be found