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An 18th century Dutch courting mirror. The mirrors were often given as gifts by a suitor to their beloved, in the early 18th century. The mirror, itself, which is framed by sections of reverse painting on glass, is inset on a board panel, and held in place with wood moulding. The reverse painting, which is well preserved, possesses vibrant colors forming floral motifs. A leather strip, visible within the lower half of the mirror, presumably supports an old crack. The mirror shows centuries of use, with minor loss of paint and cracking to areas of the reverse painting.