Regency Convex Gilt Mirror
A fine regency period Carved Giltwood and Gesso Convex Mirror, the plate within a moulded frame with ball decoration surmounted by a Hippocampus on a rocky base, flanked by scrolling acanthus and paterae, the base decorated with scrolling acanthus as well.
The Hippocampus is commonly seen in ancient Greek art and is a mythical creature associated with the Greek god of the ocean - Poseidon (or Neptune in Roman myth). The Hippocampus has the top half of a horse including head neck and forelegs and the lower part of a fish, a dolphin or in some rare cases a serpent. The Hippocampus therefore is literally a sea-horse. The name comes from the Greek ‘hippos’ meaning horse and ‘kampos’ meaning sea monster.