Object Description

Circa 1820, George IV mahogany cheval mirror of generous proportions. The architectural pediment with scribed carving on the outside, a sunburst in the centre and horns left and right with small satinwood roundels in the centre. There are quarter fans at the top which have kingwood banding and satinwood inlay. The mirror is unusual as it is on a rise and fall mechanism, similar to a sash and case except it can rotate forward and backwards as well. It is held in place by wires which are tucked into the uprights with pulleys which are buried. The large rectangular uprights are topped with 2 large satinwood urns with brass finials. Beneath this is a block with turned rondels. Across the bottom of the uprights there is a cross over stretcher which gives the mirror stability, with small quarter brackets left and right. As the legs continue down they finish with 2 low squat feet, again with satinwood roundels to the left and right, front and back. There is a large turned stretcher which unites both trestle ends and the whole piece stands on squat brass and leather castors. The back of the mirror is polished and has 4 panelled sections. This rare and unusual mirror is stylish, clean and functional.

Size 184cm high x 91cm wide x 56cm deep.

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