Black Japanned, Gilt Decorated and Carved Giltwood Cushion Mirror
Black Japanned, Gilt Decorated and Carved Giltwood Cushion Mirror
Black Japanned, Gilt Decorated and Carved Giltwood Cushion Mirror

Black Japanned, Gilt Decorated and Carved Giltwood Cushion Mirror

c. 1690 to 1710 England

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With original soft-bevelled plate, the japanned and gilt decorated frame with carved giltwood border retaining original gilding.

This mirror represents a most extraordinary survival. Japanned cushion mirrors are extremely scarce, and to encounter one with the original plate, japanned surface and original gilding is exceptional. The Dictionary of English Furniture illustrates two cushion mirrors, one made for the first Duke of Montagu and the other at Ham House, which are made from sections cut from a Chinese lacquer screen, whereas the “japanned” decoration on this mirror is an English technique. A japanned mirror of similar scale attributed to Gerrit Jensen is at Knole (National Trust). Adam Bowett ('English Furniture 1660-1714: From Charles II To Queen Anne', Antique Collectors' Club Ltd, Jan 1999), mentions that Gerrit Jensen supplied “a pier glass in a black frame” to Thomas Coke M.P. for Melbourne in Derbyshire in 1699.

The majority of cushion mirrors from this period incorporated a cresting, but this example is distinct in that it never had a cresting but – perhaps in its place – it incorporates a carved gilded border which is a feature unknown in other existing mirrors of the period.
Dimensions
Height 115.00 cm (45.28 inches)
Width 89.00 cm (35.04 inches)
Stock Code
420a
Medium
Black Japanned, Gilt and Giltwood
Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
Vesey Manor
64 Birmingham Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
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