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Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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Possibly Irish
PIER MIRROR
giltwood, mirror glass
107 by 52cm., 42 by 20½in.
18th century
Made between circa 1765 and 1780.
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Provenance

Probably that acquired from Asprey, ‘Chippendale Carved Giltwood Mirror’ for £220 10s, 28 July 1951, (Laurence Olivier Archive, The British Library, London, Add MS 79844)

Literature

Photographed in the dining room at Durham Cottage, Chelsea before 1954;
Anthony Denney, ‘The Oliviers off stage’,  House and Garden, May 1958, p. 63, illustrated in Vivien's hall at Eaton Square, Belgravia, Denny writes, 'A resplendent Chinese Chippendale mirror hangs over a small console table' (op. cit. p. 63).

Catalogue Note

The design of this mirror suggests an Irish origin. The shallow treatment of the carving, the mirror's narrow proportions and pilaster-form uprights relate to similar pieces also surmounted by Ho-ho birds, see The Knight of Glin and James Peill, Irish Furniture, London, 2007, p. 266.

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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London