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    Sale 1993

    Important English Furniture

    25 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 23

    A GEORGE III GILTWOOD MIRROR

    CIRCA 1760

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III GILTWOOD MIRROR
    CIRCA 1760
    The later oval form mirror set within a frame of carved husks with rocaille-centered C-scrolls to the bottom, regilt
    33½ in. (85 cm.) high, 20 in. (51 cm.) wide


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    The pier-glass, with its Roman-medallioned mirror enwreathed by the Arcadian satyr Pan's sacred reeds, is designed in the George III 'Roman' fashion. It relates to William Ince's pattern for convex and concave glasses wreathed by the sun-deity Apollo's triumphal palms engraved in Ince and Mayhew's Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762 (pl. 77). With its French 'picturesque' flowered enrichments and scalloped base, it compares to a mirror at Uppark, Hampshire that was illustrated in M. Jourdain and F. Rose, English Furniture; The Georgian Period, London, 1953 (fig. 149).