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    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 57

    A GEORGE III GREEN AND WHITE-PAINTED CARTON PIERRE MIRROR

    IN THE MANNER OF JOHN LINNELL, CIRCA 1775

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    A GEORGE III GREEN AND WHITE-PAINTED CARTON PIERRE MIRROR
    IN THE MANNER OF JOHN LINNELL, CIRCA 1775
    The oval plate with guilloche border surmounted by an urn finial flanked by ram's heads with trailing husks, the apron carved with a patera issuing foliage above a palmette, previously gilt, restorations to original decoration, the plate probably a 19th century replacement
    57 x 26¼ in. (145 x 66.5 cm.)


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    The design for this mirror incorporating a festoon urn, husk-draped oval frame and elaborately scrolled base relates to the drawings executed by John Linnell in the 1770s (H. Hayward, 'The Drawings of John Linnell', Furniture History, 1969, figs. 90, 92 and 126). A closely related mirror was sold anonymously [A Collection from a New York Townhouse], Christie's, New York, 15 April 2005, lot 103 ($18,000 including premium).

    However, Linnell is not recorded as having executed mirrors in papier-maché or carton pierre, and amongst the specialist papier-maché frame makers working in the manner promoted by Linnell was the Berwick Street carver and gilder William Duffour (d. 1784), who may have executed a related vase-decked pier-glass (acquired in 1926 by the Victoria & Albert Museum (M. Tomlin, Catalogue of Adam Period Furniture, London, 1982, N/14)).

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