A fine Victorian silver-gilt Dressing Mirror.
A fine Victorian silver-gilt Dressing Mirror, London 1881, by Hunt and Roskell. The top of the mirror is applied with a pair of cherubs framing a cartouche with a script cipher. The whole frame is decorated in a rococo revival manner with foliate scrolls and applied pendant flowers.
Hunt and Roskell acquired and re-used many of the patterns from Paul Storr. They continued to supply many of the wealthiest clients in Britain and throughout Europe. A simliar dressing mirror by Hunt and Roskell is to be found in the collection at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
The silver-gilt frame in good condition with light wear to the high points of small parts of the gilding. The original wooden back is held by screwed-on straps, one of which has been extended with an iron addition. Part of the top side of the wood is warped and slightly pulling from the silver. The hinge of the wooden easel has had replacement screws which have damaged part of the silvering on the back of the glass mirror. A suspension wire has been added to the back. It would be possible to rectify all these issues but that would mean replacing the old mirror with another glass.
Height – 58.40 cm.; Width – 41.20 cm.