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A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE III GILTWOOD PIER GLASSES
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A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE III GILTWOOD PIER GLASSES

19TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE III GILTWOOD PIER GLASSES
19TH CENTURY
Each with a rectangular plate in a pearled, fluted and lappeted frame below a material-draped tablet cresting with an anthemion-capped urn flanked by laurels and hung with bell flowers, the apron with a demi-sunflower and acanthus scrolls, one plate replaced, regilt
57½ in. (146 cm.) high, 23½ in. (59.5 cm.) wide (2)

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The pier glasses, designed in the 1770s George III 'Roman' fashion, are crowned by festive laurel-wreathed and palm-flowered sacred urns whose Grecian Doric-fluted altar pedestals are festooned with veils draped from Bacchic thyrsic wands; while 'Apollo' sunflowers emerge at the bases. An example by the same maker featuring an identical carved surround but with an oval plate is illustrated in H. Cescinsky, English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, New York, n.d. [c. 1910-11], vol. III, p. 78, fig. 76. The mirror at the time of publication was in the possession of Messrs. Colling and Young.

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