Regency Pier Mirror Verre Eglomise Panel Gilt Wood Gesso Antique Circa 1815
A 19th century Regency period antique gilt-wood pier mirror topped with a verre eglomise (reverse hand painted glass) panel. The gilt wood and gesso frame has an inverted break front cornice with a carved leaf border above the neo-classical verre églomisé panel. The upright sides or pilasters are shaped as slender fluted half Corinthian columns with elaborate capitals decorated with acanthus leaf scrolls. The bases of the columns sit on two simple square blocks which are joined with a plain beading bottom section.
The hand painted and gilded glass panel has a central oval cartouche with a military theme of a drum with a plumed helmet sat on it. There are pairs of spears, halberds, swords, cannons, flags and trumpets, all fanned out and displayed symmetrically around the drum. The central image is flanked with two decorative cartouches with eight pointed stars of wheat head form interspersed with anthemions. The three cartouches have a light coloured background in order to stand out from the gilded and painted geometric elliptical stylised floral shaped background that covers the rest of the panel. It is all enclosed with an outer blue grey border.
A beautiful decorative and useful item either for a period Georgian house or as a decorator's statement piece in a modern setting. This mirror dates to the early 19th century during the time of George III whilst the Prince Regent was on the throne. This period roughly equates to the American Federal period.
The mirror is in good condition ready to use. There has been some restoration to this item in the past. The verre églomisé panel has been broken to the left hand side and repaired, it has had some touch ins to it, particularly around the break. The mirror glass appears to be an early 20th century replacement there is some very minor loss to the silvering. The frame has a relatively recent gold colour gilded finish - please see the images. It currently has a suspension cord but can be supplied with two mirror plates if preferred.
The approximate dimensions of the pier mirror, height of 30 inches (76 cm) by 18 inches (46 cm ) wide and a depth of 3 1/8 inches ( 8 cm). The pier mirror weighs 4.02 kg unpacked.
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