Egyptian Revival Mirror – Or, Is It Actually Grecian Revival?

by John Werry on May 22, 2008

Neo-Classical Victorian Mirror

Well, congratulations Rare Victorian readers. In a few days we’ve basically wiped out the Internet’s supply of Victorian Detail books from several sellers. Those of you who nabbed one, you won’t be disappointed. I’m hoping there are other great books out there that I haven’t yet discovered.

As for this mirror above, the seller is categorizing it as Egyptian Revival in style, but due to the absence of Egyptian animal figures, papyrus, scarabs, etc., I would say that ER is not the proper genre. With Corinthian capitals, bellflowers, lions heads, griffins, anthemions, fiery torches, and urns, it is probably more aptly categorized as Greek Revival or Neo-Grec.

As much as I like this mirror, my house can’t accommodate a 7′ 3″ tall mantel mirror. One would need to have ceilings in the 12+ feet range. This mirror will sell on May 31st, starts at $1,000 and expected range is $1,500 to $3,000. More at the listing.

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drew49 May 22, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Yes, I see your point. Egyptian things are conspicuous by their absence.


Diane May 23, 2008 at 9:38 am

OK, guys…from across the room, my office mate spied this and we both said at the same time, “Robert Adam!!!!” This is a – pardon the non-scholarly term – clunkier version of an Adam pier mirror, CLASSICAL in its detail.

Maybe they bought it in Egypt….


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