• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 50

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD AND GILT-GESSO PIER GLASSES

    CIRCA 1730

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD AND GILT-GESSO PIER GLASSES
    CIRCA 1730
    Each with rectangular bevelled plate in a beaded and foliated-carved frame with a pounced ground, surmounted by a tablet with crossed palms and with scrolled open pediment centred by a shaped cartouche, the shaped apron centred by a shell, with later brass candle-branches, the reverse of one with paper label inscribed 'Mr. Anderson/3 Glasses no. 2', restorations to gilt-gesso, the plates 18th or 19th century
    68 x 30 in. (173 x 76 cm.) (2)


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    The mirrors, with triumphal arched temple pediments, are designed in the George II 'Roman' fashion popularised by William Jones', The Gentleman or Builder's Companion (1739); and with their architectonic tablet corners and 'Venus' shell reliefs, relate to contemporary pier-glass designs by the Rome-trained architect James Gibbs (d.1754), author of A Book of Architecture (1728), and Thirty Three Shields & Compartments (1731) (see T. Friedman, James Gibbs, London, 1984; and 'James Gibbs's Designs for Domestic Furniture', Leeds Art Calendar, 1972, pp.19-25). The ornament of shells capped by palm trophies and acanthus-wrapped escutcheons also features on a George II pier-glass formerly at Heveningham Hall, Suffolk (sold Sotheby's London, 10 July 1970, lot 54). A related 'girandole' pier-glass, with candle-branch sockets, was formerly at Necton Hall, Norfolk (sold anonymously, Christie's London, 4 July 1991, lot 135)

    The collection formed by Sir Henry Price at Wakehurst Place, near Ardingly, West Sussex and in Wilbraham House, London was remarkable for the harmonious assemblage of early furniture, works of art and Elizabethan paintings. Price's especial passion was for pieces from the late 17th and early to mid-18th centuries. In this he was guided by the expert hand of Frank Partridge, whose firm had also helped form some of the other great collections of the 20th century. Sir Henry died in 1963 and bequeathed Wakehurst Place to the National Trust whilst his wife, Lady Eve Price retained the contents. The cream of the collection was subsequently sold at Sotheby's, London on 22 November 2000.

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    Provenance

    Sir Henry Price, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex and Wilbraham House, London.
    The Price Collection; Sotheby's London, 22 November 2000, lot 141.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN