William & Mary Japanned Painted Dressing Table Mirror
An extremely rare dressing table mirror of the William and Mary period, ca 1690.
This antique is possibly unique. An English late 17th century japanned and painted dressing table mirror – remarkable to survive in its original state – retaining floral decoration throughout.
The fall front reveals a concave fitted stepped interior of drawers and pigeon holes. A conforming long drawer beneath the fall has six compartments, one of which conceals a secret recess.
All fully poly-chrome painted in the manner of the 17th century Netherlandish flower painting school.
A fine and rare museum quality piece of unusually large scale.
Nb. Also referred to as a ‘toilet mirror’ or ‘vanity’.
Nnb. Sometimes japanning is confused with ‘lacquer’, but this antique is japanned.
Refs: An important flower painted lacquer cabinet sold Sotheby’s, New York, 21st October 2000, lot 294.
Leverhulme sale, 26-28 June 2001, lot 220.
Sotheby’s sale of the estate of Christian Lady Hesketh, Easton Neston, London 7th March 2007, lot 25.
William and Mary – Wikipedia