19th century triptyque mirror in Mahogany frame.
An exceptionally rare and unusual early 19th century hand-held triptyque mirror.
The Mahogany frame houses an original glass mirror plate with a charming degree of foxing. It is flanked by two ‘wings’ also housing mirrors.
The ‘wings’ are hinged and open up individually to expose the central mirror creating a triptyque.
The backs of the wing flaps have been decorated with a lovely rococo scene depicting a sitting lady and a couple in 17th century attire.
The pictures are framed in brass that’s showing signs of time-worn patina.
This beautiful piece of history was originally used by ladies whose daily routine involved choosing an appropriate wig, having it styled and dusted with talc by their servant before it was firmly set on their heads. Holding the triptyque and positioning the mirrors, the lady could carefully inspect and approve her appearance before emerging to entertain in her social circles.
H - 35cm W - 15cm ( 40cm when fully open)