Rare George III Oak Concave Wall Mirror c.1800

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Rare George III Oak Concave Wall Mirror c.1800

DOE AND HOPE
The scarce wall or shaving mirror, being rectangular and concave and with an oak frame, the original Georgian plate now beautifully foxed and worn with age, to the original backing board and integral hanging loop, the whole surviving from the first quarter of nineteenth century England.

The mirror is in very attractive and totally original condition. The original plate glass has lovely spotting and foxing with an area to the left flank where it worn away totally. There is small loss to the rear of the oak frame with some small fissures elsewhere.

A plus or concave mirror adds positive vergence, to aid the act of shaving for instance. By the mid eighteenth century, facial hair fell dramatically from favour as the face of the polite gentleman was increasingly clean-shaven. The arrival of the newly-invented cast steel enabled razor-makers to produce ever sharper (and indeed blemish-free) blades, rendering shaving more comfortable, and razors more durable and capable of re-sharpening. Shaving the face evinced neatness and elegance, and notionally separated the gentleman from the unkempt yokel whilst shaving the head prepared it for the wearing of a wig – an expression of gentlemanliness, masculinity and taste.

A decidedly rare and acutely original Georgian relic.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 25cm (10in)
  • W: 20cm (8in)
  • D: 3cm (1in)

Period: 

c.1800

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'Doe & Hope specialise in decorative, rare and unusual antiques from around the world with a particular interest in the atmosphere that surrounds an object, taking a cinematic approach in the presentation of our inventory. Our house style is probably best described as theatrical; being a concoction of old money, dramatic decorative, and faded gentility, with common themes of both humour and the macabre running through our inventory, that includes both academic and playful objects.

We are members of LAPADA and were included in Homes & Antiques '50 Best Antique Shops' in the UK for 2016. We have had a concession in the prestigious Liberty of London department store in 2015 and have also won the Antiques Young Gun of the Year award for 2014.

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