A c.1900 Stained Pine Tramp Art Wall Mirror

Origin: American
Period: Late 19thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1880
Height: 12”
Width: 9.5”
Depth: 1”

The small tramp art wall mirror, retaining the original foxed plate, within a geometrically chip and notch carved stained pine frame and surviving from the zenith of the nineteenth century.

The mirror is in very attractive, original and decorative condition. She has her all-original plate glass throughout and the frame has only very small losses.

Tramp art is a style of woodworking which emerged in America the latter half of the nineteenth century. Boxes, picture frames, religious artifacts, and decorative objects were chip-carved from cigar boxes and, less often, from packing crates. The wood was notch-carved with squares, triangles, and rectangles, then layered to created three-dimensional, boldly geometric pieces. Some are inlaid with carved hearts, leaves, or stars; others feature applied decoration made of “found” materials like bits of china or mirrored glass. Larger pieces can run to mantel clocks and tables with drawers.

A very evocative mirror perfect for grouping with other artworks on a feature wall, the restroom or a quiet contemplative corner.