Black and Gold Mirrors Made from C19th Screens

Shanxi Province, C19th

Dimensions: W:46.25 D:4 H:129 (cm)
Reference: SC84

£2,350 set of four

  • Description

    These mirrors hung on a wall provide a sophisticated and dramatic Chinese accent to contemporary interiors. The frames are top panels of tall screens, with the addition of mirrors.

    To line a wall with a pair or more provides a sophisticated and understated classic Chinese accent to modern interiors.

    The adaptation of these screen panels to mirrors is possible because of the vacant space within the frames, which would have originally been covered with rice paper.  Inside the handsomely carved rectangular frame there are gilt interlocking triangular and circular designs. In restoration new lacquer and gilt painting was applied.

    The carved interlocking of two circles is known as the fortuitous union of heaven and earth and also represents a fortuitous coin design symbolising prosperity and longevity, which was favoured by the literati during the Ming Dynasty and continued its popularity throughout the Qing Dynasty.  

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…mirrors offering dramatic and sophisticated Chinese accent pieces….

  • Rare genuine antiques
  • Highly appreciated sympathetic restoration
  • International delivery available
  • Over many years I have found Sharon’s treasure trove of Chinese furniture a wonderful insight into China’s history and heritage. Each piece tells a story of bygone days and I only wish I had more space to accommodate even more items.

    Lou Tabor
  • We are absolutely delighted with the our tall red lacquered leather Chinese hat-box we purchased from Sharon Fitzsimmons. We were looking for an interesting and unusual piece, and this absolutely fits the brief. The quality, colour and size are perfect for our needs, both in appearance and as a useful side-table. Not only that, but we have an interesting talking point for our guests!

    Peter and Joanna Ruddock
  • I have a modern house and the clean lines of antique Chinese furniture suit it very well. The occasional red lacquer piece looks striking, such as a coffer I use as a sideboard in my dining area. I particularly love a pair of narrow, columnar walnut Gansu cabinets and I think they will enhance a contemporary walnut dining table I am awaiting delivery. I like the visual interest of old wood and mixing old and new adds character to a decor.

    Tina MacFarlane
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Why Choose a Piece from the Collection

We have a rigorous selection criteria that every late Qing Dysnasty (1644-1911) piece must meet: authenticity, rarity, originality, function and fine craftsmanship. The provenance varies but is mostly Shanxi Province, a region renowned for Qing furniture. We offer diversity, and styles range from classical to vernacular. Over the many years the true testimony of our selection process is that customers are more than satisfied, and are often repeat buyers, as pieces are consistently proven to enhance interiors.

Restoration as Conservation of Antiques

Dedicated singlemindedness in carefully and painstakingly restoring every single antique, simple or complex, has resulted in a sympathetic conservation of antiques, pleasingly meeting customers satisfaction. Our restorers have an understanding of the original craftsman’s skills such as joinery, lacquering, carving, painting and other age old carpentry ways. Each restoration is done by experienced and skilled craftsmen with great attention to detail. On completion each piece is a stand alone form, with presence, integrity and artistic personality.

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