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A Very Large c.1900 Carved Oak Wall Mirror
Period: Late Nineteenth Century
Height: 81.5 inches
Width: 66.25 inches (at maximum)
Depth: 6.25 inches (at maximum)
The large rectangular overmantle or wall mirror at just under seven feet high having the original shaped heavy glass plate set in a well carved oak frame consisting of a dentil cornice over carved lunettes and scrolling supports, with male and female figural masks as a King and Queen to the tapering stiles, survives from the zeniths of the nineteenth century.
The original mirror plate has some attractive foxing, mainly prominent to one area, which has losses to the extent, it is now vacant of plate in a small section but on the whole there is just the right amount to serve for character with a good spread of sparkle. The original panelled back panels are all present and she remains very sturdy, with only slight movement and there are three wall mounting brackets present. There is a beautiful aged patination to the oak, and to the masks in particular, and the whole has a very pleasing un-meddled with feel.
This mirror appears to take several styles and influences and weave them as one into its design. The pilasters are Sheraton like in shape, the columns and figural masks have some of the Egyptian revival about them and the surround has echoes of seventeenth century carving motifs. The effect is that the whole has a heavy, masculine, somewhat gothic feel to it and as such it has huge decorative impact.
Overmantle mirrors are a fantastic way of showing a mantelpiece off, due to their lower edge being more slight, though can make any wall or fireplace the central feature in any room. This size of this mirror means she would just as well sit as a hallway mirror as an over-mantle, though either way she would make a large space seem even larger.
A truly grand old mirror for a truly grand old pad.
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