Antique Federal Sheraton Gold Gilt Mirror & Reverse Paint Boston Mass. C. 1820
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Antique Federal Sheraton Gold Gilt Mirror & Reverse Paint Boston Mass. C. 1820:
This is an outstanding example of an American Federal Sheridan, C. 1810s-1820s, water gilt frame with brass embossed rosettes in each corner (even these were gilded, much of which has worn off). The gilding on the frame itself is in great condition, with no real wear-through, but some wear commensurate with age. There have been no breaks in the frame or repairs, nor has there been any over-painting, so common in frames in which there has been too much wear to the gold. The mirror itself appears to be original, with some light wear of the silver backing, but entirely acceptable and attractive in its own right.Made in the state of Massachusetts, probably just outside of the city of Boston. I say this because in the reverse painted portion of the mirror we see the following: a beautiful river scene with a farmhouse on a piece of land protruding into the river; over the river and across from the farmhouse is a fence separating a small path from the river and a slab of stone, upon which is written "B. 5 miles." Without question this "B" refers to Boston, back in its earlier days. Unfortunately, the person from whom I received this mirror described a moving accident in which the reverse painted glass was broken in the upper right hand corner. The fragments are 99.5% present and have been re-stuck and are stable. I could have replaced the reverse painted portion with just plain old mirror, but still love it with the scene as described above more than I would like mirror in its place. It has so much character just the way it is; but if you desire, you could replace it with mirror or a piece of reverse painting from a frame that has suffered too much from use and age. As is, the frame is so outstanding, and the scene so attractive and evocative of the area around Boston, that I would leave it just as is, but that could be up to you. It's an outstanding piece no matter what you decide.