A GEORGE III GILTWOOD MIRROR
THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE PETER ASCROFT, SHERFORD HOUSE, BROMYARD, HEREFORDSHIRE (LOTS 256-275)
A GEORGE III GILTWOOD MIRROR

CIRCA 1760

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A GEORGE III GILTWOOD MIRROR
CIRCA 1760
The rectangular central plate and marginal mirrors in a surround of foliage, rockwork and C-scrolls, the palm-canopy cresting hung with bells and supported by columns, the sides with naturalistic branches, the apron centred by a foliate cartouche with an upturned vase, restorations, the glass apparently largely original
76 x 36 in. (193 x 92 cm.)

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Lot Essay

The mirror corresponds to designs of the 1750s by Matthias Lock which were reissued in 1768 by Robert Sayer as A New Book of Ornaments for Looking Glass Frames, Chimney Pieces &c in the Chinese Taste, pl. 2 and 4. The former featured a similar palm-leaf canopy, entwined tree-like branches and an upturned vase of water in the apron.

Lock, of Long Acre, London, was one of the outstanding carvers and designers in the rococo style, and was acclaimed by the upholder James Cullen as 'reputed the best draftsman in that way that had ever been in England'. The first of his several published works was issued in 1740, he collaborated with Henry Copland in 1752, and then apparently worked in some form of partnership with Thomas Chippendale. Many of Lock's designs, including furniture for Earl Paulet at Hinton House, Dorset, are preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

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