Mahogany Vanity Mirror
31 x 28 x 11.5
An early 19th-century tabletop mirror, intended for use on a vanity. The concept of the vanity dates back to antiquity, when ornate boxes were crafted to act as storage for beauty paraphernalia. These boxes would often also include a designated space for a small mirror – used in the makeup application process. The notion of the modern vanity table was invented in late 17th-century Europe, as wealthy members of high society began to commission specialized furniture for leisurely pursuits. The vanity table gained widespread popularity in the 19th century, with furniture makers crafting these objects in a variety of popular styles. It was at this time that the concept of the vanity travelled to America, and also became known as the “dressing table.” Vanity tables of the 19th century were much larger than their predecessors, and boasted several drawers and a mirror. 19th-century vanities were often crafted from dark oak, walnut or mahogany, to match other bedroom cabinetry items, like wardrobes and dressers. This vanity mirror is built from beautifully veneered mahogany and is in excellent condition. The simple, clean lines of the mirror, in addition to the delicately carved hinges, exhibit versatility – meaning this mirror would look beautiful in any space, regardless of a preferred decorative style. Consider adding this to your own vanity table, and enjoy an added touch of vintage glamour in your daily routine.
At this time in England, Admiral Lord Nelson (1758–1805) led the British fleet to one of the most decisive naval battles in history, during the later-named Battle of Trafalgar, fought off the coast of Spain. On October 21, 1805, Nelson and the Royal Navy defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets in a brutal five-hour fight. This victory ensured that Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821) was never able to invade Britain. Trafalgar Square, a famous public area in London, is named after this important battle.