Width: 31" 79cm
Known in the 1730’s as a ‘tabernacle’ mirror, the term originally referred to architectural niches such as may be found in classical buildings, in which a statue would be placed. As Adam Bowett says in his book on English furniture, ‘the figure of the deity was replaced by that of the viewer, seemingly without any sense of irony.’
This example is veneered in the more expensive burr walnut which contrasts with the gilt and would have been selected for its highly figured grain which was and is so highly prized. Fortunately, the veneer has changed over time and is now a golden colour.
The proportions of this mirror are also noteworthy, as is the shape of the ‘swan-neck’ pediment which flows nicely as it serpentines downwards.
A similar mirror from our archive, illustrated in A. Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740, Plate 6:63