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William & Mary Japanned Painted Dressing Table Mirror



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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.

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