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Dressing mirror

Dressing mirror

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    ca. 1740 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    black lacquered wood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Mirror, dressing mirror made of wood lacquered black with gold decoration, partly in relief. The original mirror plate has flat bevelled borders and a shaped, arched top. It has a moulded frame, swinging on up-rights with shaped finials. The lower portion is in the form of a desk with a sloping front, the flap being supported on runners when open.

The desk is fittedwith a centre compartment framed in pilasters, and has two pigeon holes with arched tops and six drawers. Below the flap is a drawer of serpentine form fitted with compartments painted red and containing four boxes, a clothes brush and tray, all lacquered to match the mirror.

The decoration consists of landscapes, figures and sprays of flowers. The mirror has two engraved brass escutcheons.

Place of Origin



ca. 1740 (made)

Materials and Techniques

black lacquered wood


Height: 2' 7 1/2" ft, Width: 1' 5 3/4" ft, Depth: 10 1/2" ft

Descriptive line

Mirror, wood, black and gold japanning, English, 18th century


Lacquer; Wood; Mirror glass; Brass






Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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