Property of a Gentleman
A GEORGE III CARVED GILTWOOD MIRROR, CIRCA 1760
the divided rectangular plates surmounted with a floral cresting above interlaced scrolls flanked by ho-ho birds, the pierced borders carved with foliate scrolls and floral sprays centred with c-scroll cabochon apron, apparently retaining original plates and gilding
213cm. high, 114cm. wide; 6ft. 11¾in., 3ft. 8¾in.
In overall good conserved condition. The original mirror plates with bands of foxing and small losses to the silvering as visible in the catalogue image. The mirror has been stripped back to what appears to an original gilded surface. The bole ground is visible. Carving with chips and losses and likewise the gilded surface. A beautifully carved and well drawn pier mirror.
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With Hotspur Ltd.;
Acquired from Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd.
This exquisitely carved mirror is conceived in the George III ‘Rococo’ style popularised by the publication of Mathias Lock’s A New Book of Ornaments (1752), Thomas Chippendale’s The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director (1754) and Thomas Johnson’s Collection of Designs (1758). Beautifully drawn, aspects of its design can be seen in the output of each of these towering figures, all of whom embraced the taste for Chinoiserie and employed perched ho-ho birds in their pattern books (see figs. 1 & 2).