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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 431

    A WILLIAM AND MARY FRUITWOOD AND STAINED SYCAMORE MARQUETRY MIRROR

    BY HUGH GRANGER, CIRCA 1700

    Price Realised  

    A WILLIAM AND MARY FRUITWOOD AND STAINED SYCAMORE MARQUETRY MIRROR
    BY HUGH GRANGER, CIRCA 1700
    The later rectangular plate with a moulded border, the cushioned frame decorated with birds and foliage, previously with a cresting, the reverse with printed trade 'All sorts of Fashionable Household Goods at Reasonable rates Made by Hugh G...er at the Carved Angel in Aldermanbury'
    35 x 31 in. (89 x 78.5 cm.)


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    Hugh Granger was a cabinet-maker who could be found at the sign of 'The Carved Angel', Aldermanbury, London (1692-1706). Trade labels made by him with the inscription 'Fashionable Household Goods at Reasonable rates' have been found pasted to a number of items of late 17th and early 18th century furniture. (Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840, 1986, pg. 363-64)

    Towards the end of the reign of Charles II, mirrors of this type occupied a conspicuous position in luxuriously appointed rooms, placed between windows (with a table and pair of stands below them). Frames were made from a variety of materials, ranging from veneers of walnut, olive, laburnum, and other fruitwoods to ebony, tortoise-shell, and silver. This mirror's scrolling foliate cushion frame is closely related to a mirror belonging to Percy Macquoid, with eagle marquetry cresting illustrated in P. Macquoid, A History of English Furniture: The Age of Walnut, London, 1905, p. 157, pl. XId.; and sold anonymously, Christie's London, 16 September 1999, lot 201 (£8,050).

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