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A 'hippocamp' *1 surmounts the convex mirror perched on an outcrop of gilt rocks. The lower frame is shown as a sunburst in finely carved detail.
2* Convex mirrors of this scale are rare. At the beginning of the 19th century it was still a costly and difficult process to curve a flat piece of glass. This mirrors mirror plate has aged well and has few areas of fading and crystallisation of the mercury plate.
*1 (hippocamps were mythological horses of the sea. They were depicted as composite creatures with the head and fore-parts of a horse and the serpentine tail of a fish.)
During the Regency period a number of styles and influences were explored in furniture ornament and decoration. This mirror is just one example of these somewhat bizarre elements coming together into a decorative language that England had not seen before.
2* The earliest known example of a convex mirror is famously depicted in Jan van Eycks 1434 Arnolfi portrait (image attached - National Gallery - London) . Here the artist used the wide angle reflection of the convex mirror as a tool of perspective to reveal the room interiors and the backs of the sitters lavish costumes and also to show off the technical skill of reproducing the distorted reflection.
|Height||125.00 cm||(49.21 inches)|
|Width||67.00 cm||(26.38 inches)|
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