Birds (I)

Unique mirror. Size: 43.5 x 113 x 1.8 cm (mirror panel: 41.5 x 47.5 cm), weight: 6 kg. Stamped, signed and dated on the reverse.

A unique mirror in a horizontal triptych format, this is the first in a series of six designs all featuring a number of original Georgian era bird prints. Each mirror in the series will have a different design. Here the two side panels each feature four of the hand coloured prints, which all date from 1802, plus four painted glass panels. This singular mirror juxtaposes artworks from the early nineteenth century with contemporary minimalism.

The mirror frame is constructed in oak, this contrasts with the six hand painted stripes running at vertical intervals across the mirror. The oak wood has been hand stained a deep reddish brown, then sealed, waxed and polished. Each bird print has been glazed with Conservation glass with a UV protection factor of 99%. Additionally each of the bird frames was also fitted with black conservation grade cardboard spacers in order to prevent the glass from touching the surface of the prints.

The paint used throughout the mirror is by Farrow & Ball. The stripes are painted in Stiffkey Blue, Breakfast Room Green, Indian Yellow, Inchyra Blue, Eating Room Red and Pelt. The colours used for the glass panels are; Charlotte’s Locks, Pelt, Calke Green and Drawing Room Blue. The mirror is backed with 3mm MDF and is fitted with sturdy strap hangers ready to hang.