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Circular mirror, XF317, English, one of a pair with XF340, unknown maker, early nineteenth century and 2015, gilt wood and glass. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Gareth Gardner.

Circular mirror, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century and 2015, gilt wood and glass

Diameter: 73.5cm
Width (frame): 7.5cm

Museum number: XF317

Curatorial note

One of a pair with XF340. With fluted outer border and inner frame reeded and bound with crossed ribbons at the cardinal points.

These two frames are the pair described in the Furniture and Fittings inventory as flanking the north door into the Morning Room. The measurement given in the inventory is less than the diameter of these frames but it is not clear whether it is the measurement of the mirror or the frame that is listed. The reflection of the convex mirror visible in the mirror to the left of the window in the 1884 engraving from The Graphic Magazine shows one of this pair. Scaling the size of these mirrors from Wild’s 1890 record drawing of the elevations of the Morning Room confirms that they are this pair.

In 2014 the frames were restored and new convex mirrors were made and in 2015 they were reinstated in their original positions in the recreated Morning Room as part of Phase 2 of Opening up the Soane.

Associated objects

XF340, pair


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk