A late 19th century Claude Glass


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A late 19th century Claude Glass

A late 19th century Claude Glass or black mirror, the case covered with black cloth imitating shagreen. A sliding brass pin locks the case closed during travel and there are two suspensions rings to hang it by; landscape or portrait. 5 7/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 7/8 in
Named after the great 17th century landscape painter, Claude Lorrain, whose name became synonymous with the picturesque aesthetic of the late 18th century.
Also referred to as a Gray Glass after its use was popularized by the poet Thomas Gray in his Journal of his Tour in the Lake District.
The glass is a cased tablet of solid, almost black glass, polished to a convex surface and carried by an artist or enthusiast in their pocket. The user would turn their back to a scene and observe the landscape reflected on its surface with the added picturesque aesthetic of subtly graduated tones.
The Claude glass has the effect of abstracting the subject reflected in it from its surroundings, reducing and simplifying the colour and tonal range to give a painterly quality.
English circa 1900.


19th Century

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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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