Seldom found this fine, a large 42" X 26" two-panel mirror with eglomise scene of a ship in full rig off a peninsula. (It is most likely one of the patriotically-popular scenarios of the time concerning Admiral Perry's naval victory at Lake Erie in 1813.)
There are 18 gilded balls suspended from the prominent pediment accented by a tiny beading. On the sides are bundled columns with acanthus tops. With the exception of a few small flakes the reverse painting is original and intact. The mirror glass is as you would expect for its age---distorted, wavy. The old silvering has held up although images look smoky and ethereal. You can have the original glass resilvered if you don't care for the original look and want absolute clarity. The only thing that is not original is the backboard which had to be replaced about 40 years ago. Acquired from a prominent Philadelphia estate and reputedly hung in a judge's center city townhouse since 1836. The gesso and gold leafing is all original and nearly perfect. It has never been painted or re-gilded.
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