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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 120

    A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE II GILTWOOD PIER GLASSES

    CIRCA 1755

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE II GILTWOOD PIER GLASSES
    CIRCA 1755
    Each with arched rectangular divided plates, flanked by palms and hung with foliage, the borders with plates enclosed by s-scrolls, hung with foliage surmounted by a pierced shell flanked by a scrolled pediment, the apron centred by a mirrored cartouche formed of c-scrolls, losses to carving, areas of later oil and water-gilding over the orig inal water-gilding, one lower plate replaced, minor variations in d etail, the pine backboards later over probably 19th century paper bac king and with traces of 18th century hessian backing, one backboard ins cribed in pencil '7/7 3/4', cresting partially lacking further foliate s wags at each side
    A: 93 x 42 in. (236 x 106.5 cm.)
    B: 91¾ x 42 in. (233 x 106.5 cm.)


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    The pier glasses' serpentined and mirror-edged frame incorporates French picturesque ornament of the 1730's celebrating Nature's abundance. A triumphal arch of Pan's sacred reeds are festooned with fruit and flowers suspended from the outer moulded border. while the inner reed border also features on a pair of mirrors supplied in the mid-1750's for Hagley Hall, Worcestershire (P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. ed., 1954, p. 345, fig. 91). Its bubbled cartouche at the base, serpentined form and fruit swag feature in Matthias Lock's Six Sconces, 1744, pl. 5; while its general form relates to a pier-glass pattern in M. Lock and H. Copland's, New Book of Ornaments, 1752, pl. 3.
    Related mirrors were suppied for Hampden House, Buckinghamshire in the 1750's (see the Moller Collection, sold Sotheby's, London, 18 November 1993, lot 87).

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    Provenance

    Bought from Pelham Galleries for £525 on 1 May 1957 by Evelyn Waugh (d. 1966), Combe Florey, Somerset.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF LADY TERESA WAUGH