Philip Colleck, Ltd Established 1938
Antique English Furniture

Fine Regency Giltwood and Ebonized Convex Mirror in the Egyptian Taste, having an ebonized spread winged carved eagle surmount with gilt balls and chain suspended from its beak, on a raised central gilt plinth having applied meandering Greek key motif framing an ebonized 3/4 relief carved female Egyptian goddess flanked on either side by tall finely carved rush leaves, the original silvered convex plate having a reeded ebonized inner frame surrounded by carved ebonized leaf tips and having applied gilt balls to the outer frame with carved ebonized interlaced ribbons to the outer moulded edge, the two upturned gilt candle arms with ebonized sphinx heads and turned brass candle holders and bobeches, above a centrally mounted 3/4 relief carved ebonized lion head framed by shaped gilt acanthus leaf carving above a cluster of pendant gilt palm fronds. English, circa 1800 <br/><br/>



Provenance: A European Princely Collection 
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This beautiful mirror with its Egyptian iconography celebrates British Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson's August 1, 1798 overwhelming victory against the French naval fleet at anchor in Abu Qir Bay in Egypt, commonly referred to as

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Fine Regency Giltwood and Ebonized Convex Mirror in the Egyptian Taste, having an ebonized spread winged carved eagle surmount with gilt balls and chain suspended from its beak, on a raised central gilt plinth having applied meandering Greek key motif framing an ebonized 3/4 relief carved female Egyptian goddess flanked on either side by tall finely carved rush leaves, the original silvered convex plate having a reeded ebonized inner frame surrounded by carved ebonized leaf tips and having applied gilt balls to the outer frame with carved ebonized interlaced ribbons to the outer moulded edge, the two upturned gilt candle arms with ebonized sphinx heads and turned brass candle holders and bobeches, above a centrally mounted 3/4 relief carved ebonized lion head framed by shaped gilt acanthus leaf carving above a cluster of pendant gilt palm fronds. English, circa 1800

Provenance: A European Princely Collection

This beautiful mirror with its Egyptian iconography celebrates British Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson's August 1, 1798 overwhelming victory against the French naval fleet at anchor in Abu Qir Bay in Egypt, commonly referred to as "The Battle of the Nile." Napoleon Bonaparte had planned an invasion of Egypt to constrict British trade routes and threaten its possession of India. This victory ultimately lead to the isolation and dissolution of the French army in Egypt and it both heightened British prestige and secured British control of the Mediterranean. A very similar mirror, most probably from the same workshop, is illustrated No. 265, page 153 in "World Mirrors, 1650-1900," by Graham Child, Sotheby's Publications, 1990.

Height:51" Diameter: 25 1/2 in. Depth: 4" Candle arms" 10"