Two-Handled Mirrored Tray, c. 1890
This round silver-plated, two-handled mirror could serve as a tray or as a plateau. The rim of the tray features a pierced design between rows of beading. The two handles are vine motif. A vine motif also joins the cherub-motif feet to the tray. The rim holding the mirror in place has two small dents, showing age-appropriate wear. 15W x 13.75D x 2.75T. From England.Historical BackgroundA large, flat table ornament, usually a horizontal framed mirror, a plateau was used to display a centerpiece or epergne as well as candlesticks, salts, cruets, casters, or small ornamental pieces. On some plateaus, figures are interspersed along the rim.