Bombay Federal-Style Painted Eagle Mirror, Mid 20th Century

Presented is a Bombay Federal-style mirror with a stunning eagle embellishment at top, from the mid 20th century. The mirror frame is painted gold. At top is an eagle perched on a small column. The mirror frame boasts a dot design, with a small beaded rim and decorative acanthus leaves at the base and sides. 

Federal convex mirrors made their way into the homes of the American elite and wealthy at the end of the 1700s. When accompanied by candles, the convex shape of these mirrors helped to illuminate a room. Architecture, furnishings and decorative embellishments of this era typically reflected the Neoclassical style, which includes influences from Greece and Rome, prevalent in Europe and Great Britain at the time. Many Federal convex mirrors included an eagle standing on a Corinthian, Doric, or an Ionic column, surmounted to the midpoint of the mirror frame at the top, with either branches or other decorative designs on either side of the column. 

The eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States. The eagle motif has been widely used throughout American history, most notably as part of our Great Seal. The founders of the United States were fond of comparing their new republic with the Roman Republic, in which eagle imagery, usually the golden eagle, was prominent. On June 20, 1782, the Continental Congress adopted the design for the Great Seal of the United States depicting a bald eagle grasping 13 arrows and an olive branch with its talons. Since then, the eagle motif has appeared in allegorical engravings, patriotic banners and posters, and in beautiful wooden carvings and sculptures.

CONDITION:

Good overall condition. Composite construction, painted golf. Minor scratches to gold paint. Mirror dimensions: 36 ½” H x 24 ¼” W.




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