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    Sale 5280

    The Sunday Sale - Property from the Collection of The Late The Hon. Mrs. Angela Lascelles

    28 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 232

    A REGENCY PARCEL-GILT AND EBONISED CONVEX MIRROR

    CIRCA 1810, REDECORATED

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY PARCEL-GILT AND EBONISED CONVEX MIRROR
    Circa 1810, redecorated
    The circular plate and ball-encrusted and foliate moulded frame supported by a figure of Atlas upon a rocky outcrop, the reverse inscribed in ink with inventory number 4376
    35 in. (89 cm.) high overall; 23 in. (58 cm.) diameter


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    This Atlas supported 'sphere' mirror, is conceived in the antique manner popularised by George Smith's, Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, London, 1808. The book illustrated two related patterns of 1804, whose convex glasses were admired for their ability to 'reflect objects in beautiful perspective' (pls. 135 and 136). Such convex mirrors were much favoured by the architect Sir John Soane. An Atlas-figure bracket of this pattern also featured on a 'sphere' mirror sold, Christie's London, 14 November 1996, lot 95, and another from the collection of the late Algernon Rothman, Esq. in these Rooms, 5 October 1995, lot 492. A very similar mirror was sold from the Edward James Collection, West Dean Park, Chichester, West Sussex, Christie's House Sale, 2,3 and 6 June 1986, lot 357.

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    Provenance

    The Library, Fort Belvedere, Runnymede, Surrey, 1956-1976.
    Virginia Water Cottage, Windsor Great Park, Berkshire.


    Literature

    Christopher Hussey, 'Fort Belvedere, Surrey-II; The Residence of the Hon. Gerald Lascelles', Country Life, 26 November 1959, fig. 8., p. 962.