A fine REGENCY CONVEX MIRROR
A fine REGENCY CONVEX MIRROR
A fine REGENCY CONVEX MIRROR
A fine REGENCY CONVEX MIRROR
A fine REGENCY CONVEX MIRROR
A fine REGENCY CONVEX MIRROR

A fine REGENCY CONVEX MIRROR

c. 1810 England

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A fine early 19th century Regency convex mirror of large scale decorated with beading and rope twist ebonised and gilt borders.

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.

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*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.
Dimensions
Height 125.00 cm (49.21 inches)
Width 67.00 cm (26.38 inches)
Tarquin Bilgen

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