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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 114

    AN IRISH GEORGE IV GILTWOOD PIER GLASS

    BY JAMES DEL VECCHIO, CIRCA 1828

    Price Realised  

    AN IRISH GEORGE IV GILTWOOD PIER GLASS
    BY JAMES DEL VECCHIO, CIRCA 1828
    The plate with ebonised slip, the frame with rosette pilasters carved with foliage and with concave cornice, the tablet-centred frieze with a foliate clasp, the reverse with Del Vecchio's trade label with Westmorland Street and D'Olier Street addresses and inscribed 'Del Vecchio, Dublin, 1829', the plate apparently original
    69 x 34 in. (175 x 86.5 cm.)


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    This pier glass and table (lot 115) are designed in the George IV manner of the 1820s, the pier glass showing influence from French designs of the period. The table is given an Irish twist with the hoofed legs decorated with shamrocks, which became a national device after the visit of George IV in 1821. They are both made by James Del Vecchio, Junior, whose label appears on the reverse of each. Del Vecchio came from a large family of craftsmen, which hailed originally from Maltrasio in Italy (D. FitzGerald, 'The Dublin Del Vecchios', The Magazine Antiques, October 1981, pp. 910-914 and M. C. Van Cott, 'The Del Vecchios of New York, Furniture History, vol. XXV, 1989, pp. 221-227). Together with his father, also called James, they worked as carvers, gilders, looking glass sellers and composition ornament manufacturers with premises in South Great George's Street, Westmorland Street and finally Brunswick Street, Dublin. Their label aptly sums up their practice which included picture framing, cleaning pictures, putting up plaster ornaments on ceilings and the cleaning and repairing of broken china.

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    Provenance

    The Knight of Glin & J. Peill, Irish Furniture: Woodwork and Carving in Ireland from the Earliest Times to the Act of Union, New Haven & London, 2007, p.194, fig. 260.


    Literature

    Glin & Peill, Irish Furniture, 2007, p.194, fig. 260.