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A pair of Napoleon III Dieppe ivory mirrors, circa 1860
each of oval form, surmounted by coat of arms of Augustus II of Saxony above a beaded border carved with crowned lions' heads and male terms, the base with a lyre flanked by two cherub terms, the whole carved with leaves and beading
each 83cm. high, 57cm. wide; 2ft. 8¾in., 1ft. 10½in.
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Catalogue Note

Related literature:

C. Payne, 19th Century European Furniture, Woodbridge, 1981, p. 141

G. Child, World Mirrors 1650-1900, London 1990, p. 210, fig. 415

There is scant information about the Dieppe ivory industry during the 19th century, although the craftsmen produced a wide range of usually small carved objects for the growing tourist trade. The frames and the majority of the furniture produced were -veneered- with leaves of carved ivory pinned to a wooden carcass. 

A similar pair of carved mirrors sold Sotheby's London, 29 October 2008, lot 231.

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