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C1730 George I “Queen Anne” Walnut Overmantle Mirror

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Now quite rare, these wide, low overmantel mirrors were typical of the overmantel mirrors of the Queen Anne period. This one is probably George Ist, a little later. It originally filled the gap between the mantle shelf and a painting, but still allowed for reflection of candlelight and as an early warning system for the opening of the room's door, giving Madame time "to put away her needlework" and compose herself. This mirror is veneered with walnut and features a gilded gesso internal moulding.The three striated and bevelled edge mirror panels appear to be original.

92 cm wide and 31 cm tall.

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