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A Large 17th Century Ebonised Cushion Mirror
Holland, 1670

A very fine large scale 17th century Dutch ebonised cushion mirror. The frame in pearwood with alternating bands of ripple moulding.

This mirror is made from pearwood, which was highly regarded as a timber for furniture at the time. As early as 1613, Gervase Markham suggested, ‘If you would chuse Timber for Joynt-stooles, Chaires, or Chests, you shall then chuse the oldest Peare-tree to be found, for it is both smooth, sweet and delicate.’ With the fashion for ebony veneers on furniture in the later half of the 17th century, it became popular to stain pearwood black as a substitute. Edward Traherne’s workshop inventory of 1674 includes pear tree frames as well as ‘black’ frames, which were almost certainly pearwood frames stained black.

Height 125.50cm (49.41 inches)
Width 107.50cm (42.32 inches)


Reference - O03.21