A Matched Group of Five 19thC Panelled Mahogany Rectangular Mirrors


Origin: English
Period: Mid/Late Nineteenth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1870-80
Height: 24.25 inches
Width: 29 inches
Depth: 1 inch (at maximum)

The quintet group of heavy rectangular mahogany panelled mirrors with the original thick plate leaded glass survive from the third quarter of the nineteenth century having been broken down from a larger structure.

The original heavy plates of each mirror have differing degrees of attractive foxing, but generally just the right amount to serve for character with a good spread of sparkle. The original mahogany panelled backs are also in varying degrees of order with some areas of re-staining and small sections of loss. The mirrors remain sturdy, with only slight movement, and have later applied mounting rings and chains for hanging individually.

Broken down at some stage from a very large piece of country house furniture, such as the doors from a mirrored triple wardrobe, with each mirror there are grooves to some flanks and recesses to others with ball bearing mechanisms meaning that at least two of the mirrors were part of a sliding door or panelled wall. The well-paneled mahogany veneered backs were designed to be seen, and thus are aesthetically pleasing.

Groups of mirrors like these don’t appear often, simply as their conception as wall mirrors was purely accidental, though they work superbly well arranged in a multitude of ways in the interior as a decorative feature. Try it.