A fine and ornate 19th Century gilt wood wall mirror in the manner of Thomas Chippendale. The upright rectangular plate surrounded by shaped margin mirrors and surmounted by a foliate scroll open cartouche, flanked by wonderful Ho ho birds. The sides are carved with Rococco scrolls and trailing roseheads. English circa 1880
The ho ho bird comes to us through English adaptions of mythical Japanese and Chinese birds, said to live in the highest regions of the air. Their decent to earth was meant to bring good tidings, while their depiction in art symbolised high virtue and grace.
Condition: This mirror is in excellent original condition
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