English Small Regency Giltwood Convex Mirror

August 15, 2019 4:58 pm Published by

A Delightful Regency Period Gilt Wood Convex Mirror
Of Unusually Small Proportions Having Wonderfully Carved
Eagle Surmount Over Original Mirror Plate Flanked By 
Original Candle Arms

(The original purpose of the convex mirror, which of course
were made in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, was two 
fold. Firstly they would often make a room look and feel 
bigger, the shape of the glass fooling the human eye into 
believing there was much more space around the room than 
is actually the case and secondly to help illuminate a room 
when candles are placed in front of it. The shape of the glass
would in theory help spread the light from the burning candle 
in as many different directions as possible. This particular 
example is a particularly good one as it appear to have never 
been re-gilded which can often really destroy these pieces
taking away the natural ageing process of the gilding, it
retains its original mirror plate, its original candle arms and of 
course it is an incredibly unusual small size which we have very 
seldom seen before)

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