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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 89

    A WILLIAM III GILTWOOD OVERMANTEL MIRROR

    CIRCA 1700, ORIGINALLY WITH A PICTURE ABOVE

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    A WILLIAM III GILTWOOD OVERMANTEL MIRROR
    CIRCA 1700, ORIGINALLY WITH A PICTURE ABOVE
    With a triple bevelled, scrolled and divided plate, the frame applied with scrolling foliage, the angles with ribbon-tied flowerheads and foliage suspended from eagles' masks, the cresting carved with auricular scolls centred by an espagnolette mask, with traces of earlier painted decoration, the back of the toprail recessed to accomodate a picture stretcher, inscribed in blue chalk to reverse '4981' and in pencil 'SCHOOL ROOM'.
    32½ in. (82 cm.) high; 61½ in. (157 cm.) wide


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    This overmantel bears comparison with a series of mirrors carved for Keir, Scotland. A related example was sold by Archibald Stirling of Keir, Christie's London, 22 -24 May, 1995, lot 73. Of similar proportions, in both cases the sides feature a variety of motifs linked by ribbon swags while the horizontal elements are characterised by flowing foliate decoraion, carved throughout in rather low relief.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Phillips & Harris, 5 June 1969.