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Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen / Cheval Mirror, c1830

Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
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  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
  • Antique Walnut Marquetry Mirror Screen Cheval Mirror, c1830
Ref:08719
Price: £2,750.00
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An unusual fine quality Antique Dutch walnut marquetry screen / cheval dressing mirror,  C1830 in date.

The double folding screen features a rectangular shaped mirror plate with floral marquetry frame, the reverse features marquetry panels decorated with urns, butterflies, foliate and floral ornamentation. The top is surmounted by a moulded broken arch pediment with a central urn finial.

It is raised on stepped supports with tapered square legs.


Condition:

This mirror is in excellent original condition, and the frame has been cleaned and waxed in our workshops.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 170 x Width 106 x Depth 31

Dimensions in inches:

Height 5 feet, 7 inches x Width 3 feet, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 0 inches

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. 

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.


Mahogany 
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect. 

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 08719

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