The combination of an ivory embellished mirror with a gilt-painted stand in the form of a three-legged toad, which has long been associated with wealth due to its ability to spit out coins, is particularly rare. While no other related example appears to have been published, similarly fashioned toad-form stands are known; for example see a similarly composed hardwood stand, attributed to the 18th/19th century, which would also have formed the base of a circular plaque, from the Lionel Rosenberg collection, sold at Christie’s New York, 17th September 2015, lot 1054, together with a zitan version with flat top, attributed to the 18th century, lot 1090.
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