19th century Regency Giltwood Convex Mirror

A very fine early Regency period carved giltwood convex mirror of great scale, having a ebony ebonized eagle clutching pair of tassels and chains from the beak perched on platform above an original circular convex mirror plate set within a moulded slip, the gilt wood frame encrusted with miniature gilt balls with the sides having twin candle arms with cut glass drip pans and droplets with brass nozzles. The whole terminating in carved stylized ribbons and tassels. The mirror retains its original gilt.

Circa: 1810
Period: Regency
Origin: English
Width: 21 1/2 inches
Depth: 8 1/4 inches
Height: 47 inches
Stock #: M793


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Convex mirrors can be traced back to the 10th century and have fascinated mankind ever since. Their popularity peaked during the French Empire and the English Regency periods where they became staple items for many households. Adorning the walls of dining rooms, they allowed waiters to keep a watchful eye on the progress of the dinner. While the convex mirror shows a warped view of reality, it also magnifies light, which provides interiors with additional illumination. Convex mirrors were produced in large numbers over the first three decades of the 19th century, but very few of this exceptional quality survive.

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