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Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901

Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901
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  • Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901
  • Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901
  • Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901
  • Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901
  • Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901
  • Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901
  • Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901
  • Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901
  • Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901
  • Antique Monumental Victorian Silver Easel Mirror John & William Deakin 1901
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Price: £1,250.00
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This is a monumental and rare antique English Victorian sterling silver mounted rectangular easel dressing table mirror with hallmarks for Chester 1901 and the maker's mark of John & William Deakin, the renowned silversmiths that specialised in mirrors.

The pierced and embossed silver latticework features scroll and floral repoussé decoration, lobed corners and a vacant scroll bordered cartouche set on red velvet. It has a bevelled mirror plate and leather covered easel back

The silver is in excellent condition and has the original bevelled mirror glass that lends character to this wonderful piece.

This mirror is sure to make an outstanding and useful contribution to your collection.

 

Condition:

In excellent condition with clear hallmarks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 65 x Width 46 x Depth 30

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 2 inches x Width 1 foot, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot

The firm was founded in Sheffield by James Deakin in 1866.
The first mark was entered by the firm in Sheffield Assay Office on 31 January 1878. It was a "JD" over "WD" and, possibly, represented the partnership of James Deakin and his son William Pitchford Deakin. The firm was active at Sidney Works, Matilda Street, Sheffield.

In 1886 two further sons entered in the partnership, John Deakin and Albert Deakin, and the firm was then known as James Deakin & Sons.
Further marks were entered in London Assay Office 1888 by William and John Deakin subsidiary offices and showrooms at 48 Holborn Viaduct, London, Chester and Birmingham. Further offices and showrooms were opened at Gardiner House, 14 Charterhouse Street, London, 34 St. Enoch Square, Glasgow and 7 Queen Street, Belfast.
After the retirement of James Deakin 1893 the business was continued by his sons William, John and Albert.
In 1897 the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style James Deakin & Sons Ltd.
The firm was the proprietor of Shaw and Fisher, Electro-plate Manufacturers (established 1835) and of Walter Latham & Son, Sterling Silver & Electro-plate manufacturers (established 1874).
To avoid any confusion with the production of another Sheffield manufacturer having the same initials JD&S (James Dixon & Sons) the firm used in its silverplate production a figural trade mark representing a 'desk bell' (often interpreted as a 'lamp'). Likewise, Dixon used a figural trade mark (registered in 1879) representing a 'bugle'.
Trademarks used: AZTEC, PURITAN, REVLIS, SARBON, SHAW & FISHER, SIDNEY SILVER. The firm closed its activity circa 1940.

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.

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