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A CHARLES II NEEDLEWORK LOOKING GLASS, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 100,000 USD
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860
A CHARLES II NEEDLEWORK LOOKING GLASS, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 100,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

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A CHARLES II NEEDLEWORK LOOKING GLASS, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
worked in satin, couching and other stitches; with allegorical figures of the Four Seasons, two castles, flora, fauna and fantastical beasts within silver thread borders; the back lined with old red velvet; appears to retain the original plate
Height 24 1/2 in. by Width 20 in.; 62.2 by 50.8 cm.
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Provenance

Katherine Christophers, King's Mill, Painswick, Gloucestershire;
Mayorcas Ltd., London, August 1977;
Vogel Collection no. 276.

Exhibited

Grosvenor House Antiques Fair, London, 1977

Literature

Katherine Christophers, Fine Arts And Antiques Festival, Printed by Southern Press, 1974.

Catalogue Note

Like mirrors forming part of silver or silver-gilt toilet services, looking glasses with embroidered borders were intended to stand freely on a dressing table rather than hang on the wall. A needlework mirror with similar allegorical figures of the seasons, including that of Winter as an elderly man by the fire with a cat, is in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, illustrated in Xanthe Brooke, Catalogue of Embroideries (Bath 1992), LL5222 p.197.  Comparable figures appear on a raised work picture also in the Lady Lever Gallery (LL5259), and probably derive from block-printed wallpaper possibly sold by Peter Stent in London in the late 17th century (Victoria & Albert Museum, London).  The distinctive presence of the gryphon and cockatrice in the lower corners may be intended to represent the continents of Africa and America, respectively.

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

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New York