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    Sale 3786

    The Collection of Carroll Petrie & European Decorative Arts from the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, including the Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection

    31 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1014

    A GEORGE III GILTWOOD CARTON-PIERRE MIRROR

    CIRCA 1780

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    A GEORGE III GILTWOOD CARTON-PIERRE MIRROR
    CIRCA 1780
    The central oval plate surmounted by winged griffins within stiff-leaf divided borders above a ram's mask and floral swags
    65 in. (165 cm.) high, 32 in. (81 cm.) wide


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    Apollo's griffins, emerging from Roman foliage in the arabesque manner derive from an engraving published by R. and J. Adam in their Works in Architecture, 1774 (vol. 1, no. II, pl. VIII), and reflect the George III Roman fashion popularized by R. and J. Adam. Guarding a Grecian urn, the griffins were intended to evoke Antique sacrifices at Love's altar.