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A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD OVAL MIRRORS

CIRCA 1760

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A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD OVAL MIRRORS
CIRCA 1760
One in pine, one in limewood, each with a later oval plate within a gadrooned and leaf surround, the acanthus cresting centred by a basket of flowers and fruit, inscribed in chalk 'SPILLANE', re-gilt, minor variations in construction and detail, one plate 18th or 19th century and resilvered, the other plate later
56 x 35 in. (142 x 89 cm.) (2)
Provenance
Anonymous sale, Christie's London, 25 June 1987, lot 43.
With Hotspur Ltd.
Spillane.
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Lot Essay

This Roman-medallion form of pier glass, clasped by 'Roman' acanthus foliage, is designed in the George II 'antique' fashion; and relates to a cartouche, celebrating the Art of Architecture, that was invented by the Rome-trained artist William Kent (d. 1748) (J. Vardy, Some Designs of Mr Inigo Jones and Mr William Kent, 1744, frontispiece).
The cresting in the form of a large basket of flowers and fruit, emblemmatic of charity, bears comparison to that of a pair of mirrors in the Volury at Ham Louse, Richmond.

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