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This mirror is a masterpiece of the 19th century bronze founder, Ferdinand Barbedienne. It was the centre of his display at the 1867 Universal Exhibition in Paris. Made in glass of elongated octagonal form, the central beveled panel is raised up and surrounded by eight other pieces of beveled mirror glass. The whole is set in an elaborate gilt-bronze and silvered frame comprising scrolling cartouches and cast foliate decoration with satyrs' heads at the sides, draped nymphs at the top and corners, and a lion's mask at the base. The base includes a panel inscribed ANNO 1867. The mirror was designed by the French sculptor Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleise, and purchased at the 1867 by the English collector, The 1st Earl of Dudley.
Purchased with the assistance of the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the National Art Collections Fund and the Friends of the Bowes Museum.
Size: Height: 208 cm; Width: 133 cm
Artist / Maker: Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892)
Object Type: mirror
Period: Napoleon III
Actual Date: 1867
Century: 19th century
Materials: Gilt-bronze, Glass
Museum Accession Number: 1992.5/FW