Admiral Lord Nelsons Pier Mirror
Admiral Lord Nelsons Pier Mirror
Admiral Lord Nelsons Pier Mirror
Admiral Lord Nelsons Pier Mirror
Admiral Lord Nelsons Pier Mirror

Admiral Lord Nelsons Pier Mirror

c. 1800 England

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An historically important Regency Pier Mirror. A moulded cornice, above half pillared and ringed sides, and top, flanked by two carver floral rosettes. An inner ebonised reeded slip to the original silvered plate glass.
Originally the property of Lord Nelson, purchased for Merton Place, Surrey, by lady Emma Hamilton. Merton was purchased in 1801 by Nelson, on the wishes of Emma Hamilton, who set about refurbishing the house, and decorating the property in the fashion of the day. It is recorded that Nelsons friend Lord Minto remarked that Emma had decorated the house with many mirrors, to make the rooms look larger. He is quoted as saying, "the whole house, staircase and all is covered with nothing but pictures of her and him, of all sizes and sorts, and representations of his navel actions, coats of arms, pieces of plate in his honour, an excess of vanity that counteracts its own purpose" Lord Nelson lived happily at Merton Place, from 1801, initially with both Lord and Lady Hamilton, and subsequently with Emma and their beloved Horatia, until Nelsons death, in the Autumn of 1805.
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By direct descent from Lord Nelson's second sister Catharine, born 1767, later Mrs George Mitcham, to her great, great, grandson Captain Eric Nelson Carter, of the Essex Regiment. Purchased by Valentina French, of Leonard Court, London W8, in 1950
Height 24.50 inch (62.23 cm)
Width 18.50 inch (46.99 cm)
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Hand written inscription from the back, now framed
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