Formerly in the collection of Edward Peter Jones.
Similar larger pier mirrors include examples sold Sotheby's New York, 21 May 1994, lot 75, Christie's New York, 23 October 2002, lot 218 and a mirror from the Judge Irwin Untermyer Collection, illustrated in Y. Hackenbroch, ed., English Furniture with some furniture of other Countries in the Irwin Untermyer Collection, Cambridge, 1958, pl. 134, fig. 163.
The margin plates bordering the frame on the present lot have marked affinities with engravings of Jean Bérain (1637-1711) who became architecte dessinateur de la Chambre et du Cabinet du Roi in 1674. His designs which were published in Paris in 1711 as Ouvre de Jean Bérain, recueillies par les soins du sieur Thuret, typically featured Chinese figures, monkeys and classical gods within stylised strapwork. His designs inspired the celebrated marquetry work of his contemporary André Charles Boulle and the translation of the Berainesque style to English verre eglomisé, including the present lot demonstrates the extent of his influence.
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