Antique Edwardian Mahogany & Marquetry Inlaid Cheval Mirror c.1900

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Object Description

A beautiful Edwardian mahogany and marquetry inlaid cheval mirror circa 1900 indate.

The mirror features an architectural pediment with an Adams style inlaid urn and foliate marquetry and pen-work detail, flanked by twin turned finials above a rectangular bevelled mirror in a mahogany and marquetry inlaid surround with ribbon and swag and trailing harebell inlay. The whole raised on down swept sabre legs terminating in brass claw caps and castors.

Add some classical Edwardian charm to your bedroom with this beautiful cheval mirror.

Condition:
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and waxed, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 180 x Width 83 x Depth 47

Dimensions in inches:
Height 70.9 x Width 32.7 x Depth 18.5

Cheval Mirror – also called horse dressing glass or psyche, a tall dressing mirror, suspended between two pillars, usually joined by horizontal bars immediately above and below the mirror and resting on two pairs of long feet.

The cheval glass was first made toward the end of the 18th century. The mirror could be tilted at any angle by means of the swivel screws supporting it, and its height could be adjusted by means of lead counterweights and a horse, or pulley, from which the name was taken.

Marquetry
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian “Cosmati”-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the “hardstones” used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.

Thomas Sheraton, in The Cabinet Dictionary (1803), included a design with a nest of drawers at one side and another with a writing surface. When wardrobes were fitted with mirrored doors, the cheval glass became unnecessary in bedrooms.

Our reference: 09742

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