This extremely fine, American, gilded over-mantle mirror is elaborately decorated
throughout. The blocked, entablature is decorated with acorn-shaped drops above a
superb, crosshatched frieze, supported by four turned columns featuring Corinthian
capitals. The high quality of this mirror is noteworthy. The condition is excellent, with
minor expected repairs to the gilding and decoration. The gilding is in excellent condition.
Rectangular eglomiase panel ornamented with two dwellings centering a tree surmounted by swaged drapery; the black, salmon, gold, and tan pigments against a white ground. The reeded stiles centering the tablet and original mirror plate are joined by top, center, and bottom rails; the top with applied leafy devices; the bottom with plinth corner blocks. This mirror remains in a very high state of originality including backboard. (25.5 by 13” at molding corner)
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Pierced cruciform finial above scratch decorated lobed crest above silvered glass; maker used chipped fragment of glass and cleverly filled the small missing area with carved wood. The piece appears earlier than the scratched date of 1838. (6.25 x 3.75 inches.)
The edges of frame ornamented with saw-tooth line motif, applied turned-spiral-twist molding, and eight leaves carved in relief; acorn and ball drops complete a most successful aesthetic. For a nearly identical example see The Mirror Book by Herbert E. Schiffer, page 637, plate 634. (Dimensions: 15.25 x 21.75 inches.)