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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 652

    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO MIRROR

    CIRCA 1725

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO MIRROR
    CIRCA 1725
    The shaped arched bevelled plate in a punchwork-decorated frame with a lambrequin and scroll cresting and interlaced strapwork and foliate rocaille frieze and deep overscroll onto the plate, with a moulded trailing foliate border and similarly-carved waved apron centred by a scallop shell and with two later brass candlebranch holders, candlebranches lacking, the plate original but possibly resilvered, later back-board, regilt
    27 x 52 in. (69 x 132 cm.)


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    The upper part of this mirror, in particular the shell cresting and scrolled arch at the top of the plate, relates to the pair of mirrors supplied between 1722 and 1726 to John Meller of Erddig, Clwyd by John Belchier. A pair of closely related mirrors was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 21 November 1985, lot 111. Another pair, attributed to John Belchier, is illustrated in Ronald Phillips Ltd, catalogue April 2005, pp. 90-93. A closely related mirror was sold by the late Anne, Lady Hollenden, Christie's, London, 23 November 2006, lot 31 (£50,200 including premium). Interestingly, the latter mirror had distinctive wall fixings to the reverse, similar to those on the present lot.

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    Provenance

    Bought from Malletts in the 1950s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN