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Rectangular overmantel mirror, XF383, English, unknown maker, c.1812, in a gilt frame. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London.

Rectangular overmantel mirror, English, unknown maker, c.1812, in a gilt frame

Height: 117.5cm, approximately
Width: 92cm
Depth: 4.5cm
Width (frame): 5 cm

Museum number: XF383

Curatorial note

The frame, with its reeded torus moulding, is canted forward on a deal framework.

The 1825 views of the Breakfast Room show a mirror in a green bronzed frame above the fireplace, seemingly fixed flat to the wall (Vol. 82, 27 and J. Britton and A. Pugin, The Public Buildings of London, plate 1 ). The mirror is today in a gilt frame and canted forward on a deal framework and bordered by slips of mirror set into the walls either side.

This alteration was carried out in March 1828 when Watson supplied ‘2 silvered Plates’ measuring ‘50 x 11’ and 1 silvered plate ‘36 x 4’ inches to be fitted ‘over Fire place in Breakfast room’. This arrangement adds to the complexity of the reflections in this room.


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