19C American Dark Walnut Wall Mirror with Mermaids – IMPORTANT

19C American Dark Walnut Wall Mirror with Mermaids.



19C American Dark Walnut Wall Mirror with Mermaids

GORGEOUS late 19th Century American highly carved, dark walnut wall mirror.

The carving on this mirror is simply stunning.


it depicts 2 mermaids on either side of the oval mirror……with fish and oceanic themes throughout.

Probably made in New England/Maine circa 1895 !!!

Has a definite Art Nouveau feel to it …… with the flowing locks on the mermaids !!

The Mirror has lived a full life and has some cracks etc. ...... it has been restored a few times......but it is still BEAUTIFUL, RARE AND IMPORTANT !!!

A professional restoration to the piece would make it worth a lot of money !!!

19C American Dark Walnut Wall Mirror with Mermaids.

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MERMAIDS: A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish.[1] Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.

The male equivalent of the mermaid is the merman, also a familiar figure in folklore and heraldry. Although traditions about and sightings of mermen are less common than those of mermaids, they are generally assumed to co-exist with their female counterparts.

Some of the attributes of mermaids may have been influenced by the Sirens of Greek mythology. Historical accounts of mermaids, such as those reported by Christopher Columbus during his exploration of the Caribbean, may have been inspired by manatees and similar aquatic mammals. While there is no evidence that mermaids exist outside of folklore, reports of mermaid sightings continue to the present day, including 21st century examples from Israel and Zimbabwe.

Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries, such as in Hans Christian Andersen's well-known fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" (1836). They have subsequently been depicted in operas, paintings, books, films and comics.

In 1493, sailing off the coast of Hispaniola, Columbus reported seeing three "female forms" which "rose high out of the sea, but were not as beautiful as they are represented".[51][52] The logbook of Blackbeard, an English pirate, records that he instructed his crew on several voyages to steer away from charted waters which he called "enchanted" for fear of merfolk or mermaids, which Blackbeard himself and members of his crew reported seeing.[53] These sightings were often recounted and shared by sailors and pirates who believed that mermaids brought bad luck and would bewitch them into giving up their gold and dragging them to the bottom of the sea. Two sightings were reported in Canada near Vancouver and Victoria, one from sometime between 1870 and 1890, the other from 1967.[54][55] A Pennsylvania fisherman reported five sightings of a mermaid in the Susquehanna River near Marietta in June 1881.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid

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19C American Dark Walnut Wall Mirror with Mermaids.

Provenance: Bought at Auction in Ireland from the Estate of a former US expat.

Condition: Has been repaired a number of times. The wood has been cracked and filled in a number of places. However, it is still stunning and of extremely high quality.

Dimensions: 32.5" Tall,  22.5" Wide and 2.5" Deep

Price: $3,800.00. Sale Price Now: $2,950.00

 

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