CARVED GILT-WOOD PIER MIRROR WITH ELABORATE FOLIATE CORNER ELEMENTS
American, Probably New York, c. 1830
The mirror divided 1/3-2/3, framed by a gilt-wood cove frame with elaborate carved foliate elements.
57½” x 30″
Condition: Excellent: Retaining original mirror plate.
Pier mirrors were designed to be placed against architectural piers between flanking windows or doors. Typically, they would have a pier table below them, usually with a mirror plate forming the back of the pier table below the top. This would create a virtually continuous column of mirror for the purpose of reflecting day or candle light into an otherwise dimly lighted room and would have the effect of making the pier table top appear to float out into the room. The gilded frame of the mirror was also intended to have the same decorative and practical effect of reflecting light.
An image of the use of a gilt-wood pier mirror at the far end of the double parlor at Millford Plantation can be seen here. Millford Plantation is now part of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and is open to the public.
(Reflected pendant light fixture not included)