the upright central beveled rectangular plate flanked by gothic-form columns with foliate capitals bordered by small shaped divided mirrors within an outer upright frame formed as long scrolls with foliate enrichment, ruffled ornament and leaves, the cresting surmounted by a pierced cartouche flanked by long foliate scrolls above a central cartouche-shaped mirror within foliate C-scrolls, the apron with border glasses similarly divided, flanked by rounded corners with ruffled-edged foliate scrolls. Re-gilt.
The design of this pier mirror includes a number of elements which relate to the surviving manuscript drawings of the carver John Linnell (1729-1796). These include the pronounced swelling of the frame at each side of the apron, the ruffle-carved edges, the almost separate framed mirror at the center of the crest, and the pierced cresting. The most similar design is illustrated, Hayward and Kirkham, William and John Linnell, London, 1980, vol. II, p. 96, fig. 186.
Cf. a related pier mirror from Rudding Park, sold, Christie's October 16, 1972, lot 148; and, another, sold in these rooms, October 21, 2005, lot 13.
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