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A GEORGE III GILT CARTON PIERRE MIRROR
PROPERTY FROM A CALIFORNIA COLLECTION (LOTS 97-104)
A GEORGE III GILT CARTON PIERRE MIRROR

CIRCA 1775

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A GEORGE III GILT CARTON PIERRE MIRROR
CIRCA 1775
The later heart-form plate with outer conforming slips and gadrooned and husk-carved borders, the cresting with an urn festooned with husks and tied with ribbons at the sides, the sides also with scrolling foliage, the base with palmette and confronting C-scrolls
66½ in. (169 cm.) high, 36½ in. (92.5 cm.) wide
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 12 October 1996, lot 179.

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Lot Essay

The overall design of this mirror with its heart-shaped plate surmounted by a classical urn and draped with husk garlands is based on a drawing by John Linnell of 1776 for a wall light (reproduced in H. Hayward, 'The Drawings of John Linnell in the Victoria and Albert Museum,' Furniture History, 1969, pl. 68). The basic heart shape derives from Robert Adam's designs of 1768 for the Earl of Coventry and 1770 for Robert Child at Osterley Park, Middlesex. A set of six girandoles based on this design were executed for Osterley and are illustrated in E. Harris, The Furniture of Robert Adam, 1963, pl. 86.

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