Antiques Corner by Patrick Van de Vorst

A Charles II silver mirror
A Charles II silver mirror

THIS week we value a Charles II silver mirror, unmarked, circa 1675.

Despite the apparent lack of hallmarks, this looks to be a genuine Charles II piece.

The mirror is restrained in the nature of the decoration, particularly the flat-chased leaf sprays which are reminiscent of the famous chinoiserie decoration of this period.

Interestingly, the crest on the top of the mirror detaches, a lovely detail not uncommon of pieces from this era.

The shaped cresting is embossed with a border of restrained leafy scrolls and a central oval cartouche of stylised plumes.

The slips holding in the back certainly look to have been added in later, but the backing of the crest looks original with added later reinforcements.

You often find with these mirrors that some or all of the wood backing has been sometimes replaced, particularly in the mid-19th century when a certain amount of refurbishment of these pieces went on.

This affects the price a little bit but, of course, the silver is the important part.

Our specialists valued the piece at £10,000-£15,000.