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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 342

    AN EARLY VICTORIAN GILTWOOD MIRROR

    CIRCA 1840, POSSIBLY IRISH

    Price Realised  

    AN EARLY VICTORIAN GILTWOOD MIRROR
    CIRCA 1840, POSSIBLY IRISH
    The rectangular plate in a rockwork border with S and C-scrolls, flanked by carved foliage, the cresting with an eagle astride a platform, above a circular plate in a confronted C- scroll cartouche, flanked by two female caraytids above curved plates, the apron centred by a confronted C- scroll cartouche, flanked by scrolling acanthus at each corner, refreshments to the gilding
    77 x 44½ in. (195.5 x 113 cm).


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    The pier-glass, conceived in the George II 'Modern' or French 'picturesque' fashion, has its flower-garlanded serpentined pilasters crowned by hermed busts of bacchic nymphs that derive from a French table pattern adapted by William Jones in his, Gentleman or Builder's Companion, 1739. Its pagoda-swept pediment crowned by Jupiter's eagle is featured in Matthias Lock's pattern book for carvers entitled, Six Sconces, 1744. A mirror with a similar eagle cresting was sold, anonymously, Christie's London, 30 November 2000, lot 101.

    This mirror's unique frame is likely to have emanated from the same workshop as a related giltwood pier-glass in the collection of the Hon. Desmond Guiness at Leixlip Castle, Ireland (D. Guinness, Irish Houses and Castles, New York, 1971, p. 210).

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