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Pair of Gilded Mirrors with Clocks upon Lions

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Period: Late-18th century
Medium: Gilded copper
Origin: England
Dimensions: 34 × 25 × 58 cm

Each elaborate piece of this pair is divided into upper and lower sections. The upper section is a mirror, on the reverse of which is an enamel painting. Just below the mirror is a small clock. The movement has a fusee system and verge escapement. On the enamel dial, the hours are denoted with Roman numerals, and the five-minute marks are in Arabic numerals. It has a British balance cock and human-face imagery. The windup is on the back, and the timekeeping rate can be regulated. The hands are in the Beetle & Poker style. The lower section is a lion standing on a rectangular case in which various toiletry items are stored.

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