• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 108

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY CHEVAL MIRROR

    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1810

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY CHEVAL MIRROR
    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1810
    With waved molded borders on reeded legs, formerly with candlearms
    63¾ in. (162 cm.) high, 37½ in. (95 cm.) wide, 29 in. (73.5 cm.) deep


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    Fashionable for bed or dressing rooms, Lord Mongomerie ordered several cheval glasses from Gillows in 1807 for Coilsfield House, Ayrshire (see S. E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, 2008, vol. II, p. 88, pl. 634). The firm also delivered several examples to Wilbraham Egerton for Dressing-Rooms at Tatton Park, invoiced in 1811-12 as 'a Handsome Cheval Dressing Glass in Mahogany frame, with turned Reeded stiles and a pair of brass Candel branches; on reeded claws and brass sockett Castors, plate 34 x 22 12 Gs 13.2.6' (N. Goodison and J. Hardy, 'Gillows at Tatton Park', Furniture History, vol. VI, 1970, p. 13, plate 17B). The most expensive element in such mirrors was the silvered glass itself, and the offered example is of particularly broad proportions.

    A pair of identical cheval mirrors (with adjustable candlearms or brass branches and rods) from the Fenwick family, was sold Christie's, London, 6 July 2000, lot 98.