45.5" x 23"
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Look no further than this pleasing, undemanding mirror that would add a touch of elegance to any room. For many years, mirrors have been known to be a decorating staple. In Regency England, not only were they objects of beauty and wealth, they enlarged small spaces by reflecting light and extending one’s field of vision. This beautiful mirror, complete with its original plate, is in excellent condition. The artist has carefully rendered six bunches of delicate leaves, filigree patterns, and swirling circles all along the frame. The edge of the mirror features a decorative band of spheres, giving the impression that a string of pearls is lining this object. This attention to detail is surely something to admire. As mirrors are delicate and fragile creations, it is uncommon for antique mirrors with original plates to stand the test of time. Thus, this item is of distinct value.
At this time in England, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin (1766–1841) removed a number of classical marble sculptures from the Greek Parthenon between 1801 and 1812. Lord Elgin entrusted these art pieces, which would become known as the Elgin Marbles, to the British Museum a few years later, where they remain to this day. The Museum’s possession of the Marbles has been controversial for many years, as Greece has attempted to get them back since the country gained independence in 1832. On September 30, 2021, UNESCO issued a formal declaration calling for the United Kingdom to return the Marbles to their country of origin. No tangible progress has been made on this repatriation.