Extremely rare 18th century American mirror

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Extremely rare 18th century American mirror

£4,950.00

An extremely rare American ‘Court’ mirror with reserves painted with landscapes, animals and hunting scenes.

Mid 18th century.

Description

An extremely rare American mirror with reserves painted with landscapes, animals and hunting scenes.

Colonial, mid 18th century, ca 1750.

h 56.5 cm
d 2.5 cm
w 41 cm

BHA 999.

Stylistically we could date this a little earlier in the 18th century, although it is very hard to be so specific as these antique looking glasses are so rare.

Nb. A very similar ‘Verre églomisé’ mirror was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1930 and was the subject of a comprehensive article in Country Life by F. Sydney Eden, who associated this type of work with Jean Baptiste Glomy working in Paris 1720 – 1786.
It has been suggested this example could have been an American cased travelling ‘Court’ mirror taken around by young ladies in their coaches on ‘courting’ visits to potential suitors.
Ralph Edwards CBE, FSA illustrates a travelling or Court mirror in ’The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture’, Hamlyn Publ, London, Fourth Impression 1972, p 379, ill. 3.

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