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    Sale 5969

    A West Country Tradition - Avon Antiques, Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire

    21 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 184

    A CHINESE EXPORT GILTWOOD AND BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED GIRANDOLE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A CHINESE EXPORT GILTWOOD AND BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED GIRANDOLE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The oval plate in a ribbed and beaded frame with japanned roundels at each point, surmounted by a swag-tied palmette, the apron with carved scrolling acanthus centred by a japanned panel depicting berried vines, with two candle-arms, with paper label 'X.1114 oval lacquer toilet mirror', the original backboard ebonised and painted with gilt scrolling foliage, re-gilt, with traces of an earlier layer of gilding
    37 in. (94 cm.) x 19 in. (48 cm.)


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    The Grecian palm-flowered and poetic laurel-festooned pier-glass, with Etruscan pearl-wreathed medallion frame, reflects the George III antique fashion promoted by the Rome-trained architect Robert Adam (d.1792). In view of its proportions and its girandole of reeded vase candle-nozzles issuing from wave-voluted Roman foliage and a lacquered medallion of India (Chinese) foliage, it probably accompanied the lacquer or japanned dressing-table of a fashionable reception dressing-room hung in Chinese flowered paper. In particular it can be associated with a surviving 1773 design by the Berkeley Square cabinet-maker John Linnell (d.1796) for a Mr Price, and which featured a similarly framed oval girandole overmantel mirror crowned by a laurel-festooned sacred urn (see H Hayward, 'The Drawings of John Linnell in the Victoria & Albert Museum,' Furniture History, 1969 fig. 57.).
    The inventory label indicates that the mirror was acquired by the connoisseur William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (d.1925) from M Harris & Sons on the 5 May 1916.

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    Provenance

    William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (d. 1925), bought from M Harris & Sons, 5 May 1916.