Gilded wrought iron mirror, the elaborate repousse leaf, flower and scroll elements riveted to the iron frame, the glass a later addition.
38" max height
39" max width
Glass approx. 17" x 15"
This exuberant mirror almost certainly started life as a trade sign, perhaps that of a farrier. Farriers were blacksmiths who also shoed horses and it's not hard to imagine this sign, the shape of which suggests a horse collar, framing a sculpted or cast horse head and hanging outside a blacksmith shop.
Continental, probably German c. 1750
38" x 39"
Condition: Numerous old repairs to the metal. The glass, a 19th century replacement, shows wear with losses to the silver, as seen in the photos. This wonderful mirror is structurally sound, but exhibits the wear and character of an object of this age.