Paris, circa 1710-1720
Made in the workshop of Andre-Charles Boulle (1642-1732)
Oak, rosewood, tortoiseshell, pewter, brass and mirror glass
Provenance: by repute, George, the Prince Regent, Carlton House, London; Ruth, Countess Costantino, New York; Count A.G. Costantino, Washington. Same model in the Wallace Collection.
Literature: The Regency Exhibition, Royal Pavilion, Brighton, 1951, cat. no. 215.
Exhibition: Royal Pavilion, Brighton, "The Regency Exhibition," 1951.
With a shaped, rounded top which is crowned by a fan-form plume chased with husks and acanthus foliage, the mirror is supported on the front on two in-turned foliated scrolls of gilt bronze and at the back on a hinged, wooden leg. The carcass is of oak veneered on the front with contre-partie Boulle marquetry of tortoise-shell and pewter on brass, and on the back with rosewood. The mounts are of bronze chased and gilt. The mirror frame is veneered with floral trails and flower heads of pewter and tortoise-shell backed with green and red foil. The frame is mounted with two moldings, the one on its inner edge chased with a repeating geometric pattern enclosing flower-heads, and the other on its outer edge with strapwork and alternate flower-heads and pearls. Pierced clasps are fitted to its upper corners and foliated cartouches to its lower ones, all of gilt bronze. The mirror is backed with a panel of rosewood, and its hinged leg is veneered with rosewood.