Offered for sale is an early 19th century English Neoclassical Regency partially gilded and ebonized mantel mirror. The rectangular frame is fitted with a broken arch inset with pierced trellis panels over a blocked cornice embellished with gilded spheres. The frieze is decorated with a gilt-carved neoclassical scene against an ebony background. Egyptian capitals are perched atop fluted side pilasters terminating in rectangular platforms attached to a plinth base.
We are lucky to have somewhat of a provenance on the mirror via an attached label for the British firm of W. Gould & Son, 18th and 19th century manufacturers of fine frames and plate glass. On this label, you'll notice in the font the presence of the "stylized 'S'", which fell out of favor in the US and Britain around the turn of the 18th to 19th centuries. A later mid 19th century label is also present for the American firm of J. F. Cabot & Brothers, most likely represented as either restorers or solicitors.
This magnificent piece epitomizes the elegant grandeur of early English and Continental framed mirrors that often became the focal point of a room as they sat atop important fireplace mantels. The fact that the original labels are attached is a rare discovery and one that any collector will appreciate. The mirror is in excellent restored condition with some professional touch-ups to areas of gilding and carving. The looking glass does have a spot on the reverse where the silvering has failed (likely from a hot chimney as seen in the photos), but we've left it untouched as it is original to the piece. The style and workmanship of the frame are timeless and will be fabulous in any setting whether it's contemporary or period.
Size: 53" Height by 60" Width.
English Neoclassical Regency Gilded Mantel Mirror, 1810-20
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