ENGLISH OR CONTINENTAL PARCEL-GILT AND FIGURED WALNUT MIRROR, EARLY EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.Est. $3,000-$5,000
Sold: $1,800 ($1,500)
The rectangular mirror plate within a molded surround, the scallop-edged crest applied with a wave-carved, beaded, scroll, acorn and leaf border affixed with a bow-tied chain suspending a floral spray, the scalloped pendant with oval ruffled wreath and leaf border. 43 ½ x 19 ¼ inches.During the Colonial period wealthy Americans preferred to import fancy decorative arts from England and the Continent. Mirrors, used for reflecting light as well as for dressing, were heavily taxed as imports. Because they were extremely fragile it was safer to ship them in frames; consequently, most mirror frames in Colonial America were of the latest imported fashion. Owned by only the wealthiest colonists, these mirrors were highly prized by early Twentieth century collectors.
Provenance: Israel Sack, Inc., Boston; Arthur B. Kelly, Worcester, Massachusetts; Helen Temple Cooke, Headmistress of Dana Hall School; Israel Sack, Inc., New York.
Literature: "American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection," vol. 1, page 4, no. 6.