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A GEORGE III GILTWOOD MIRROR
A GEORGE III GILTWOOD MIRROR

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A GEORGE III GILTWOOD MIRROR The oval divided plate within a beaded slip and with rosette divides, above a foliate scrolling central anthemion, surmounted by a swagged urn on a fluted plinth flanked by ram-masks, issuing husk trails, minor repairs, the back chalked '37', probably regilt 57 in. x 27 in. (145 cm. x 68.5 cm.)
Provenance
Possibly supplied to Sir Penistone Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne (1748-1819) for Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, or Melbourne House, Piccadilly, London.
Possibly by descent to Admiral of the Fleet Lord Walter Kerr, G.C.B., Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, sold Messrs. Foster house sale, 9 March 1923, lot 944, 'An oval mirror, in carved and gilt frame, 26 in. wide'. Possibly acquired at that sale by Sir Charles Nall-Cain, Bt., 1st Lord Brocket (d. 1934) and by descent.

Lot Essay

The oval medallion frame, with sunflowered medallions between pearled and reed-gadrooned borders, is festooned with acanthus-husks issuing from the ram-head handles of a vase supported on an 'Ionic' capitaled pedestal; while a fretted shell issues from Roman foliage at the base. A vase-capped medallion frame with pearled border framed by six flowered patterae features on a design by John Linnell, dated 1774 (H. Hayward and P. Kirkham, William and John Linnell, London, 1980, vol. II, fig. 196).
A closely related but larger pair of mirrors, with additional husk festoons draped from the rams' mouths and eight rather than six paterae, was exhibited by Edward Nield at the Antique Dealer's Fair, 1963 and advertised by Old Clock House in The Connoisseur, June 1966. These also have a finial with pineapple and palm-like foliage.

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