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Mirror

Mirror

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1725-1735 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mirror glass with wood veneer, carved and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss C. A. R. Adams

  • Museum number:

    W.18-1947

  • Gallery location:

    On loan

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Tall narrow mirrors like this are known as pier glasses, as they were hung on the wall – or pier – between two windows. The drawing room of a fashionable house would often have a pair of pier glasses. Tall mirrors often had glass in several parts, as in this case, owing to the technical difficulty of producing large sheets. The glass is framed with a narrow convex walnut moulding; the cresting is carved and gilded.

On loan to Lamport Hall.

Physical description

Mirror or pier glass with a scrolling top and water-gilded cresting carved in low relief with scrolling acanthus and centrally at the top, a shell. The frame of oak(?), veneered with walnut, and with a softwood back frame, and gilded sight-edge gesso(?) moulding. The glass in two, bevelled panes, the upper pane (35 x 47cm) with shaped lower edge and reverse cut with an 8-pointed star and four trefoil motifs, the lower pane 77 x 48cm.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1725-1735 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Mirror glass with wood veneer, carved and gilded

Dimensions

Height: 132 cm, Width: 56 cm, Thickness: 4 cm

Descriptive line

Pier glass with narrow moulded frame and carved and gilded cresting.

Materials

Walnut; Mirror glass

Techniques

Carving; Gilding

Categories

Furniture

Collection code

FWK

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