A very rare early 18th century George I period walnut and giltwood Pier Mirror, having eagle heads and scrolls to top and strapwork decoration above split bevelled mirror plates (top original, bottom replaced) bordered by attractive walnut Frame.
This early 18th century mirror is rare for a number of reasons. Firstly it is most unusual to find a mixture or walnut veneer and gilded decoration on a large mirror like this in the early 18th century.
It is also quite rare to find any original glass in mirrors from this period and as explained this has an original top plate.
The reason for a split plate is because in the early 18th century they simply hadn't developed the ability to make mirror plates large enough to fill mirrors of this size in one, hence the split design.
The frame is beautifully decorated, with strap work decoration and the carved eagles heads at the top.
Pier mirrors were generally designed in this tall and narrow form to fill the brick piers between the windows of grand houses, however nowadays of course there is a wide variety of different positions they can be used in to offer a different perspective in any room.
Height - 64.5in
Width - 26.5in
Depth - 1in