A Regency Period Giltwood Convex Mirror Of Unusually Large Scale
The original circular mirror plate in an ebonised reeded slip and dished frame decorated with balls. Surmounted by a bronzed eagle above crisply carved acanthus leaves with sprays of vine leaves and grapes down either side, with an acanthus leaf apron and having double candle arms to either side.
The leading cabinet-maker Thomas Sheraton writing in 1803 observed that convex mirrors were 'universally in fashion' and 'the perspective of the room in which they are suspended presents itself on the surface of the mirror, and produces an agreeable effect'. The ornament of the convex mirror was often altered to reflect the room it was hung in and our mirror with its spray of vine leaves and grapes and unusually large scale was clearly commissioned for a large dining room.
The Cabinet Dictionary, T. Sheraton pg. 271
Regency Furniture, M. Jourdain pp. 92-94
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