A George III Painted Satinwood Dressing Mirror,
This is a large size dressing
mirror, unquestionably early 19th century and of striking
satinwood with painted floral decorations throughout.
Because these are fragile forms, few have survived.
This mirror, on the back of the frame (see images
below) has old ironwork supports. Obviously, it was
precious enough to repair and to last. The shield
form of the mirror is typical of Hepplewhite designs
and often used as the back form of the Hepplewhite
This piece came to us from
a collection assembled by The Pebble Hill Plantation.
There are a number of pieces on our site from this
collection, which you should additionally view. (Click
here for more Pebble Hill Plantation pieces.)
Lastly, see The Best
of Painted Furniture, Florence de Dampierre, for
many painted pieces of this style, including the dressing
below. Interestingly, this illustrated dressing
table has been in the Victoria and Albert museum in
London, since 1866. This form was popular throughout
the 19th century and peaked at certain times within
the century. While the illustrated piece was made
probably in the mid 19th century and called by Florence
Dampierre a "fake" of about 1862-1865, it
is certainly not a "fake" in the derogatory
sense that she uses it, and, the Victoria and Albert
Museum certainly prized this piece as what it is,
a masterpiece of Hepplewhite's design. Instead of
using the derogatory term "fake" she should
really state "somewhat later in the period, c.1850".
Our mirror is unquestionably of the first period.
Height: 36 in.
Width: 28 1/2 in. Depth: 11 in.