Comparative Literature: The Knight of Glin and James Peill, Irish Furniture, 2007, pp.141, 142, 144 and 261.
Graham Child, World Mirrors 1650-1900, 1990, p.122.
Geoffrey Wills, English Looking Glasses, 1965, p.84.
This mirror is of a type principally associated with the Dublin furniture makers John and Francis Booker. Working from published designs, such as those in William Jones The Gentleman`s or Builders Companion of 1739, the Bookers evolved a highly distinctive style of mirror, characterised by the use of conspicuous architectural elements of Baroque and Palladian inspiration. Such details can be seen in the present lot in the form of the pediment, the scroll carved corbels and the prolific use of egg and dart carving. For further information and comparisons see footnote to lot 48.
The use of the maskhead seen in the apron of the present lot is also a feature seen in William Jones designs and features on the frieze of side-table designed by him. This feature also appears on a giltwood pier glass attributed to Francis and John Booker in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, illus. The Knight of Glin and James Peill, Irish Furniture , 2007, p.142. For further comparison see another mirror bearing the trade label of Francis Booker illustrated in The Knight of Glin and James Peill, op. cit. p.261. which shares many details with the present lot and also a further example with a Booker trade label sold Christie`s London, Glin Castle, A Knight in Ireland, 7th May 2009, lot 51.
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