An Attractive Ebonised Victorian Oval Wall Mirror c.1870

Origin: English
Period: Mid/Late Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1870-80
Height: 24.25”
Width: 34.25”
Depth: 1.75” (all at landscape)

The well-sized high Victorian period ebonised wall mirror having the original sparkling bevelled edged mirror plate now foxed beautifully with age, surrounded by a thick gadrooned, beaded and moulded ebonised bordered frame, the whole with a good patination and colour, surviving from the third quarter of nineteenth century England.

The mirror is in very attractive, original and decorative condition. She has her all original plate glass throughout which has an even amount of spotting and foxing, with one area of complete loss, though she can still be used as intended. The ebonised finish is original and there is a nice craquelure to the surface with only small losses with the lacquer worn through to the extremities to the beech frame.

Ebonised pieces such as this were very popular in the third quarter of Victorian England with the aesthetic movement playing its part in the fashion for lacquer and influence of the far east. Oval mirrors are a little more difficult to source as a whole, and the size and originality of this example makes it an attractive proposition.

Whether this evocative looking glass is placed portrait or landscape it is sure to attract more admiring glances to add to the thousands it has already garnered.

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