William & Mary Japanned Painted Dressing Table Mirror


Japanned and painted dressing table mirror of the William and Mary period, ca 1690.

w 18’’ (46.5 cm)
h 34’’ (86 cm)
d 10’’ (26 cm)

BHA 1023

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Extremely rare dressing table mirror of the William and Mary period, ca 1690.

An English late 17th century japanned and painted dressing table mirror – remarkable to survive in its original state – retaining floral decoration throughout.

The fall front reveals a concave, fitted, stepped interior of drawers and pigeon holes. A conforming long drawer beneath the fall has six compartments, one of which conceals a secret recess.

All fully poly-chrome painted in the manner of the 17th century Netherlandish flower painting school.

A fine and rare museum quality piece of unusually large scale. This antique may well be unique.

Nb. Also referred to as a ”toilet mirror” or ”vanity”.

Nnb. Sometimes japanning is confused with lacquer, but this antique is japanned.


An important flower-painted lacquer cabinet sold Sotheby’s, New York, 21st October 2000, lot 294.
Vis. Leverhulme sale, 26-28 June 2001, lot 220.
Vis. Sotheby’s sale of the estate of Christian Lady Hesketh, Easton Neston, London, 7th March 2007, lot 25.