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Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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Venetian Style
OVAL MIRROR
etched mirror glass
95 by 55.5., 37¼ by 21¾in.
20th century
Made circa 1930-40.
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Literature

Pall Mall Deposit and Forwarding Co. Ltd. Deposit Inventory, 14 August 1950, best bedroom, ‘102. Frameless wall mirror’, (Laurence Olivier Archive, The British Library, London, Add MS 79838);
Anthony Denney, ‘The Oliviers off stage’, House and Garden, May 1958, p. 66;
Martin Wood, John Fowler, Prince of Decorators, London, 2007, p. 83.
Wood writes 'Lady Olivier's Bedroom [at Eaton Square] was hung with chintz with cabbage roses in reds and pinks on a white ground.' he goes on 'Above the fireplace the fabric was pulled back to show a pink-painted wall hung with a Venetian mirror'.

The offered mirror is that described by Wood and installed by Fowler. It appears in photographs of Vivien's Bedroom in her final London home. There are Venetian mirrors pictured at Durham Cottage including this example and several described at Notley Abbey in the 1949 inventory of the house. Vivien must have loved these pretty mirrors and they were certainley favoured by Colefax & Fowler.

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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London