A Large Early 19thC Ebonised Architectural Pier Mirror


Origin: English
Period: Early Nineteenth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1800-30
Height: 55 inches
Width: 21.25 inches
Depth: 3.25 inches

Of generous proportions, the late Georgian or Regency period ebonised pier mirror with architectural Corinthian column reeded flanks with embellished bases and gilded decoration, the central rectangular section having the original leaded mirror glass plate terminating in a flared architectural pediment.

The mirror is in tired but very attractive condition with the ebonised finish chipping and flaking back to ivory in several areas. The original heavy plate glass is mainly clear and in good order with the lower section having the most foxing, the whole with an abundance of character. To the reverse it retains its original stained pine back panels. The mirror has not be restored, and it remains structurally true and sound, and thus remains true to its original condition. If wanting to hang the glass then one could simply add picture hooks and a chain, and there is evidence of this previously having been done in the mirrors history.

A pier glass is a mirror, which is placed on a pier, i.e. a wall between two windows supporting an upper structure. It is therefore generally of a long and tall shape to fit the space. It may be as a hanging mirror or as mirrored glass affixed flush to the pier, in which case it is sometimes of the same shape and design as the windows themselves. This was a common decorating feature in the reception rooms of classical 18th century houses.

Picture perfect for those looking to make a big impression in a dramatic interior with a gothic twist.