Very Fine Gilt and Ebonized Girandole Mirror

early 19th century, with a war trophy mounted pediment with flaming torch and bow and arrow, surmounted by a spread wing eagle over ribbon applique, early distressed convex mirror plate flanked by seated cherubs, over two double candle arms with leaf appliques, 51 x 37 in.

Note: The Ginsburg & Levy invoice indicates the design of this mirror is similar to one at the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The present example is illustrated in Katherine Gross Farnham, “Living with Antiques: The Gordon-Banks House in the Georgia Piedmont,” The Magazine Antiques 102, no. 3 (September 1972): p. 446.

Provenance:Ginsburg & Levy, Inc., New York, purchased July 1968 for $4,875 (accompanied by original invoice); The Estate of William N. Banks, Jr., Newnan, Georgia


good condition overall considering the fragile nature of the form, repairs and paint retouch at wing attachments of eagle and at some other crest elements, repairs and some later bracing and paint retouch at attachment of crest applique, typical cracks at laminations, with associated distress, retouch and flaking to gilding, especially to leaf appliques on candle arms and on ribbon crest, backboard replaced, old mirror plate likely original but not removed for exam

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
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