A townhouse full of treasures at Adam’s

18th February, 2018
Large Victorian giltwood and gesso console table

One of the oddest things seen in stately homes is the distorted image reflected in the convex mirror. This was determined by the bubble of glass from which it was blown when the style first appeared in 15th-century Germany.

When the Venetians mastered the art of making flat glass (so much more flattering), this became the looking glass of choice. The sale has an unusual French Empire example – the painted frieze has the signs...

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