Silver Leaf & Mercury Plated Limewood Altar Mirror


+44 (0)1767 640995

+44 (0)772 9213013


United Kingdom

DC Member since 2013
Item enquiry Delivery quote Similar item? Stock request

  • Description
  • Location
  • About dealer

Silver Leaf & Mercury Plated Limewood Altar Mirror

The glorious Italian altar mirror, in entirely original condition, the gessoed frame and base in silver leafed and gilded limewood, with beaded and fluted borders to a rococo scrolled plinth base and pediment with easel back, the original mercury plate with wonderful natural ageing, the whole surviving from the papal states of eighteenth century Italy.

The piece is in completely untouched condition with the mercury mirror plate having taken on stunning natural ageing with pitting and wear commensurate with age. The silvered wood has a pleasingly deep patination and the piece remains stable, with a later easel back added to aid stability. There are small areas of worm which is long since inactive. There would have been further carving to the top of the cresting to the piece which is now lacking. It could be wall mounted if so desired.

This mirror would probably have acted as a reredos which is any form of decoration placed behind the altar in a church. It would have been part of a larger composition and the quality of the piece is very fine with churches being where the finest quality furniture and adornments were commissioned for during this period. Limewood was easily carved and the skill seen here in the carving is very sharp and well defined.

A true delight, and perhaps the most exquisite mirror we have ever had the pleasure of owning.


  • H: 82cm (32.25in)
  • W: 41cm (16.25in)
  • D: 17cm (6.5in)



Contact Us


Telephone: +44 (0)1767 640995

Mobile: +44 (0)772 9213013


The Onion Barn
Shoe Cottage
15 High Street
MK44 3NL
United Kingdom


'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.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:  Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin

We use cookies to help make this website better. Find out more about cookies.