The word “eglomise” is derived from the name of an 18th century French decorator and art dealer, Jean-Baptise Glomy who was responsible for the re-popularization of this pre-Roman technique. It involves applying gold or metal leaf to the reverse side of a piece of glass and is often combined with reverse painting on the glass.
Depending on the type of adhesive used to apply the leaf, the result can be either reflective (mirror-like) or matte. The technique was used extensively in Europe between the 13th and 16th centuries and can be seen today as window signs and advertising mirrors.
From time to time we come across vintage coffee tables with “verre églomisé” tops, advertising mirrors and decorative mirrors. It is a very distinctive look and evokes a former time even though the technique is still in use today.