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silla was born out of a passion for beautiful objects: special pieces with aesthetic and historical significance. In 2009, after years of collecting, Andrew Silla and his wife Grace began to work privately with clients from their residence in Southern Maryland. Quickly outgrowing the space, the business was moved from Maryland to Pennsylvania in 2012 and after several warehouse location changes it was firmly settled in the present brick-and-mortar location in downtown Shippensburg.

The 9000 square foot brick-and-mortar gallery is home to a large collection of works of art and estate jewelry. We specialize in sculpture circa 1860 through 1930 with a particular emphasis on the Animaliers and as such the gallery always has a very large collection of exceptional European and American sculpture available on display.

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English Arts & Crafts Cerused & Polychromed Tabletop Mirror


Regular Price: $2,150.00
Gallery Price: $1,900.00
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Circa the first quarter of the 20th century
Item # 403QEK18P 

This distinguished early 20th century table-top mirror is a delightful object from the Arts & Crafts era, notable for its transparent construction and functional form. The mirror is crafted of oak which has been treated with a ceruse finish, a technique that highlights the natural grain of the wood through a whitewash filling the open pores. The polychrome accents are largely contained to the columns and add a subdued yet rich palette of color, a reflection of the preference for natural motifs and artisanal craftsmanship during the period.

The upper part of the frame features subtle, carved decorative elements which evoke organic shapes of flowers and leaves in bas-relief, typical of the Arts & Crafts movement's aesthetic, steering away from industrial repetition and celebrating the hand-made and distinct.

The twin columns flanking the mirror feature turned finials over a chaotic and angular fluting that moves geometrically around each column; they bring rich texture while not distracting from the sturdy and utilitarian character.

This mirror embodies the Arts & Crafts movement’s principles of good design and craftsmanship, the result being both practical and incredibly pleasing aesthetically. Its understated beauty and the warmth of the oak would complement an interior where the integrity of material and design are cherished.

Measurements: 23" H x 11 1/8" D x 21 1/4" W

Condition Report:
Distressed surfaces throughout with chipping and wear to carvings and frame; missing one foot wedge (can be fabricated in-house upon request); some silvering loss to the mirror.