Unusual Regency Gilt-wood Overmantel Mirror
the upper frieze centred by a large scollop-shell between a pair of elongated lozenges below a concave cornice. The patera-decorated blocks supported on leaf-clad, turned columns with ebonised decoration. The three mirror plates with soft bevelled edges and curious scolloped, cut decoration, probably re-used from a mirror of circa 1700, contained within ebonised reeded slip-frames.
The curious scollop-cut plates are particularly unusual for a looking glass of the Regency period and would be more common on an overmantel of around 1700. Mirror plates were an expensive commodity and it was not uncommon for plates good quality plates to be re-used from earlier, out-dated frames.