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PROPERTY OF A LADY

A pair of George III giltwood mirrors circa 1765, in the manner of John Linnell
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27

PROPERTY OF A LADY

A pair of George III giltwood mirrors circa 1765, in the manner of John Linnell
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A pair of George III giltwood mirrors circa 1765, in the manner of John Linnell

Provenance

Sotheby's, Shadwell ParkThetford, Norfolk, 21st and 22nd October 1992, lot 26, where one was illustrated in the Drawing Room.

Literature

For a comparable Linnell designs see Helena Hayward and Pat Kirkham, William and John Linnell, London, 1980, vol. II, pp. 94 and 96, pls. 180 and 186

Catalogue Note

This pair of beautifully carved pier mirrors relate to the 1750s and 1760s designs of John Linnell. Although the carving is perhaps more restrained than one would expect given the elaborate nature of the rococo aesthetic one can still see its influence throughout the mirrors. The conforming C and S scrolls vertically flanking the central plate combined with the acanthus decoration to the sides show a deep understanding of rococo design. In their monograph titled William and John Linnell Helena Hayward and Pat Kirkham illustrate designs for strikingly similar mirrors (op. cit., vol. II, pp. 94 and 96, pls. 180 and 186).

Shadwell Park lies to the East of Thetford in the county of Norfolk. Originally built by John Buxton between 1727-30, it was transformed over the centuries eventually being completely re-modelled in the Gothic revival taste of the mid-19th century. Shadwell reached the height of its fame in the early 20th century where it acted as inspiration for the main setting of Evelyn Waugh’s 1934 novel A Handful of Dust.

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