Fine Regency Painted and Parcel-Gilt Convex Overmantle Mirror, by Thomas Fentham
Centrally fitted with a convex mirror plate, flanked by mirror panels. With a trade label of Thomas Fentham, no. 136 Strand, Near Somerset House, Manufacturer of looking-glasses, convex and concave mirrors, and all sorts of picture and glass frames, glass for exportation, also inscribed in ink '795 Leathem...'.
42 x 58 in.
Note: Thomas Fentham is recorded 1774-1825 and at this address from 1794-1820. His trade label is recorded on mirrors throughout his working life including a convex mirror, illustrated in Geoffrey Wills, English Looking-Glasses, London, 1965, p. 128, pl. 163 (see Beard and C. Gilbert, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, F.H.S., Leeds, 1986, p. 296).
A small giltwood toilet-mirror with an earlier label was sold anonymously, in Christie's, London, November 14, 1991, Lot 114.
Provenance:Christie's London, April 9, 1992, Lot 36.
Minor chips to the gilded surface throughout. Minor paint flaking.
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