This mirror has an almost tribal power, calling to mind African and Indian designs, as well as the popular American Folk Art frames and boxes made from the late 1800s into the 1940s. We've seen large mirrors resembling this one from the Jura Mountains.
Tramp Art is a bit of a misnomer. Though there were a fair number of itinerant makers, most were labourers, farmers, factory workers who whittled and glued their creations at home in moments of leisure, out of found and scrap materials. It was a truly democratic art form, practiced around the world.
Inset with two triangles of cranberry glass, an unusual decorative gesture.