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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 4

    AN IRISH GEORGE II GILTWOOD MIRROR

    CIRCA 1740

    Price Realised  

    AN IRISH GEORGE II GILTWOOD MIRROR
    CIRCA 1740
    The plate with re-entrant top corners, the pierced cresting with ho-ho birds and centred by a scallop shell with conforming apron, the reverse with '...Digwell..(?)' inscribed in pencil and '188' written in chalk
    45 x 26 in. (114 x 66) cm.


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    This gilt-gesso pier glass is a fine example of Irish gesso-work of the 1730s. The pair of eagles on its cresting, echoed in the tiny profiles on each side, are typical of Irish crafstmanship, as is the flattened shell decoration. It came from Belvedere, Co. Westmeath, the great Palladian house built circa 1740 for Robert Rochfort, 1st Earl of Belvedere (d. 1774) to designs by the celebrated Irish architect, Richard Castle.

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    Provenance

    Possibly supplied to Robert Rochfort, first Earl of Belvedere (d.1774). Thence by descent to Colonel Howard Bury, by whom given to Rex Beaumont, Belvedere, Mullingar, Co. Meath, Ireland, sold Christie's House sale, 9 July 1980, lot 106.


    Literature

    Glin & Peill, Irish Furniture, 2007, p.259, cat. no. 215.