The mirror, embellished with laurels, sacred to the sun god Apollo, and an Egyptian lion-mask flanked by serpents, is conceived in the antique manner popularised by George Smith's, Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, London, 1808. The book illustrated two related patterns of 1804 for such bronzed and gilt-enriched landscape mirrors, whose convex glasses were admired for their ability to 'reflect objects in beautiful perspective' (pls. 135 and 136). An Atlas-figure bracket of this pattern also featured on a 'sphere' mirror sold from the collection of the late Algernon Rothman, Esq. in these Rooms, 5 October 1995, 1995, lot 492.
A very similar mirror was sold from the Edward James Collection, West Dean Park, Chichester, West Sussex, Christie's house sale, 2,3 and 6 June 1986, lot 357.