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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 123

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD TWO-LIGHT GIRANDOLES

    CIRCA 1755

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD TWO-LIGHT GIRANDOLES
    CIRCA 1755
    Each with divided cartouche-shaped plate in an acanthus-carved frame with a pierced acanthus finial, the apron with twin foliate-scroll branches, the gilding refreshed, the lower part of one plate replaced
    40½ x 20½in. (103 x 52cm.) (2)


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    These candle-branched mirrors are conceived in the French picturesque manner popularised by 'Girandole' patterns issued in Thomas Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754, pl. CXI, and the carver Thomas Johnson's Twelve Girandoles, 1755. Johnson also issued a pattern for a related acanthus-pedimented girandole in his Collection of Designs, 1758, pl. 51. This in turn relates to girandoles introduced at this period to Corsham Court, Wiltshire (O. Brackett, Thomas Chippendale, London, 1925, pl. XLII).

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    Provenance

    With Blairman, London, in 1959.
    The Sir Michael Sobell Collection, sold Christie's London, 23 June 1994, lot 119.