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    Sale 12039

    Interiors

    17 August 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 299

    A GEORGE III GILTWOOD OVAL MIRROR

    CIRCA 1760, IN THE MANNER OF JOHN VARDY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GEORGE III GILTWOOD OVAL MIRROR
    CIRCA 1760, IN THE MANNER OF JOHN VARDY
    The divided plate in a compartmented surround of entwined palm branches, flower garlands and bulrushes, originally painted, the glass replaced    
    72 X 48 in. (183 in 122 cm.)


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    The oval form and exuberant carved palm foliage of this pier glass is in the emerging Rococo and theatrical style of the Palladian architect, John Vardy (d.1765), celebrated for a magnificent suite of seat-furniture supplied to John Spencer, later 1st Earl Spencer (d.1783), for the celebrated Palm Room at Spencer House, London; a pair of window seats from this suite sold ‘The Spencer House Sale’, Christie’s, London, 8 July 2010, lot 1020. It also compares to a girandole mirror acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, from The Bernal Collection in 1855; this was originally supplied by Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779) to William Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland (d. 1809).
    By repute this mirror is included in an inventory for Powerscourt, co. Wicklow, dated 1860, whereabouts unknown. In A Description and History of Powerscourt by Viscount Powerscourt (1903), there is an intriguing reference to ‘an oval mirror, with fine carved frame, bought from Annoot in Bond Street, London, by me’ that was over the mantelpiece in Lady Powerscourt’s Sitting Room, and is possibly this mirror (ibid., p. 59).

    Special Notice

    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    By tradition Powerscourt, Co.Wicklow, listed in an inventory of 1860.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE PETER ASCROFT, SHERFORD HOUSE, BROMYARD, HEREFORDSHIRE (LOTS 290 to 342)