I am looking for a set of detailed plans/drawings for a Chippendale mirror with a pieced Phoenix crest and I want to be as historically accurate as possible.. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
I own a period mirror simlar to the one illustrated. The majority of the phoenix and all of the branch are carved from the board that is used to make the crest. The head and neck wood is glued on and stands proud of the surface of the crest.
If I can help with more information, please let me know.
While I have seen numerous reproductions of this style of mirror made in curly maple, I have only seen a few, small, "country" examples made in the period. I believe that this was probably due to the fact that the vast majority of mirrors, including those with American labels, were imported from Europe. PSP
If I recall, most of the body is proud of the crest rail. As is a portion of the wings. The end of the wings and tail are carved below the veneer into the substrate. I'll try and dig out the crest (another one of my incompleted projects...) and get better "topography" for you this weekend.
I promised to post a "topography" of a phoenix. Instead I'll try and post links to several pictures. The body is all proud of the crest, and the wings and tail are all cut into the substrate. The little branch thing is proud. The body portion which was glued to the substrate is 1/2 inch at the thickest point. This phoenix is based on a mirror at Winterthur that Gene taught at Olde Mill around in 2007. My mirror should be completed around 2020 - right after I learn how to gold leaf!
I've never tried linking pictures with Dropbox - but here goes: