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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 181

    A GEORGE III GILT-CARTON PIERRE MIRROR

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GEORGE III GILT-CARTON PIERRE MIRROR
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular bevelled plate in beaded surround, with husk trail divides, within a moulded frame carved with egg-and-dart and headed by a conformingly-decorated arched cresting centred by a shell, replacements to the husks and egg-and-dart carving, the central upper plate, three right hand and lower plates original
    37¼ x 58¾ in. (94.5 x 149.5 cm.)


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    The architectural-cornered frame, with Grecian palm-flowered and acanthus-scrolled pediment, has glass borders edged by acanthus-husks, Etruscan-pearl strings and flowered ribbon-guilloche and relates to mirror-patterns of the late 1770s executed by John Linnell of Berkeley Square and preserved in the firm's archives at the Victoria and Albert Museum (H. Hayward, 'The Drawings of John Linnell in the Victoria and Albert Museum', Furniture History, 1969, figs. 73, 89, 110 and 128). Its elegant architecture reflects the George III Roman Etruscan fashion popularised in the 1770s by the Rome-trained court architect Robert Adam's, Works in Architecture. Amongst the contemporary London carvers, gilders and papier-mâché makers, perhaps the most celebrated was William Duffour (d. 1784) of Berwick Street (see G. Beard and C. Gilbert (eds), Dictionary of English Furniture Makers: 1600-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 258).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 9 July 1998, lot 79.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 130-209)