MIRRORS

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English Regency Convex Mirror 

Clearly made to impress and inspire! What could be more English and a statement of the strength history and pride of the British Empire than a dragon flanked on either side by two male lions? This is a very large English convex Regency ( first quarter of the 19th century) gold leaf gilded softwood and gesso mirror. Beneath the impressive crest the base of the mirror rests upon a beautifully carved and sculpted scallop shell between elegant carved flowing leaves.  
The inner frame further enhanced with typical form with 'close-ball' decoration to the concave frame; and a carved and gilded collar.  I have never seen a pediment of this complexity, scale and beauty.Crests are usually crowned with an eagle on a stony outcropping and less typically a hippocampi, yet this example was not content with a dragon but had to include the two lions to put it right over the top complete with scales; wings and a pointed tail. 48ins high; 30 ins wide

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 Early French Regency Mirror 

French Louis XV Rococo 18th Century Carved giltwood Wall Mirror. A mid-18th century French Louis XV giltwood wall mirror with original rectangular mirror pane, the mirrored showing bold intricate foliage and floral carving. The corners are accentuated with large C-scrolls which are connected by interlacing laurel garlands. The mirror is surmounted by a pierced cresting with a central flower and foliage basket of elaborate carving which is arched by a three-lobed rocaille cartouche. Supported on two small feet decorated with C-scrolls, the part of the frame is decorated by a central flower bouquet. Original gilding with beautiful patina. The original mirror panes with some corrosion. Literature: Graham Child: World Mirrors, London, 1990, p.194-195, fig. 359-364. A superb example of  period untouched mirror which not only retains it original plate and gold gilding but the back boards and surface history reveal a story seldom told these days in the antiques world. Pure, authentic, undisturbed and the real thing in every way. Not just shabby chic but actually a miraculous find which purists some times never get to see. Any surface wear and gold missing it likely due to light cleaning and dusting over the past 300 years.

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English Queen Anne Walnut Parcel-Gilt Mirror 

 Queen Queen Anne Walnut Parcel-gilt Mirror, probably England, early 18th century, the scrolled cresting centering a carved concave gilt gesso shell device above the shaped molded liner. Original glass replaced with modern mirror. Walnut frame retains old surface, (imperfections), ht. 50, wd. 18 in.
 

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 English George II Gilded Mirror

A wonderful George II carved giltded wood and gesso mirror circa 1730-1760. Retaining the original rectangular  plate, within a foliate, cushion-moulded surround, the shaped, scrolled cresting surmounted by " Prince of Wales" plumes above a stylized flower ( sunflower) blossom, between two rosettes. The frame carved with gessoed trailing foliage on a punched ground, the apron above a centred by a shell. Possibly regarded, but with excellent untouched Country House condition. 

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 Early French Regency Mirror 

An exceptional untouched " survivor" . A small softwood French Regency mirror in pristine untouched condition, in fact the back looks as untouched as the front! Definitely related if not by the same maker as a pair sold October 2020 at Bonhams Oak Interior sale., Lot 529. Having a central rectangular plate with original glass and within a border with foliate corners and a small marginal mirror plate at each cardinal point, the outer frame carved with flowers and leaves.

 36cm wide x 5.5cm deep x 41cm high, (14in wide x 2in deep x 16in high) (2)