An Unusual Walnut Veneered Looking – Glass Circa 1730
This Looking – Glass is one of those objects that screams at you ‘I am
an antique’ for it is steeped with the metamorphoses of age. When it
was new it would have looked very different to how it looks today.
It’s Walnut veneers have attained a wonderful warm hue and patination
while the surface of it’s original mercurial plate now looks like the
surface of a primaeval-pond.
The plate’s bevelled edges are extremely shallow – almost undetectable
[ one of the signs of an early plate ] The advantages here to the
manufacturer are twofold: A shallow bevel was a lot less labour
intensive and during the process of mercurial foiling when the plate
was weighted to squeeze the surplus mercury away it was much less
likely to break.
It’s unusual fret-cut design is quite folksy though perhaps a little
eccentric. The design of it’s apron tells me that it was originally
available with or without candle sconces.
English: Circa 1730 Height 32″ Width 24″ £SOLD
Category: Oak & Country Furniture