Offered for sale is a spectacular and diminutive English Regency early 19th century giltwood bulls eye mirror with original convex looking glass. The mirror features a round frame mounted with leafy plinths, the top crested with a raised platform supporting a hippocamp - a beast with the head and forequarters of a horse and the tail and hindquarters of a fish. The mirror is surrounded with a ribbed ebonized fillet and decorated with gilded spheres.
The smaller size of the mirror brings out the exquisite detail used in the decoration. It retains its original somewhat worn finish with a desirable aged patina and is in excellent age-related condition- structurally sound, but of a somewhat delicate nature.
Bulls eye mirrors are seen in paintings as early as the 15th century. They were referred to as bulls-eye or oiel-de-boeuf on the Continent. The form with mounted candle arms added were called girandoles. Quite often they were decorated with eagles atop a rusticated perch, but ornamentation such as dolphins, sea creatures, and deer were rarely found. These mirrors became very popular in America in the late 18th century, but because America did not yet possess the ability to make convex glass, many continued to be imported from England. They have remained popular with collectors and designers and the older ones have become increasingly expensive and desirable.
Size: 37" Height by 18 ½" Width.
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