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A MID-VICTORIAN POLYCHROME-DECORATED AND PARCEL-GILT OVERMANTEL
A MID-VICTORIAN POLYCHROME-DECORATED AND PARCEL-GILT OVERMANTEL

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A MID-VICTORIAN POLYCHROME-DECORATED AND PARCEL-GILT OVERMANTEL
The broken pediment, carved with acanthus and egg-and-dart mouldings, centred by a patera above a further egg-and-dart moulding and frieze decorated with ribbon-tied floral swags and flanked by panels with husks issuing an acorn, above a further frieze depicting muses in relief above a tripartite bevelled mirror-plate with husk-trail panelled divides and a plinth-base with further foliate moulding, redecorated, the apron moulding replaced
71 in. x 68 in. (181 cm. x 173.5 cm.)

Lot Essay

The mirror is conceived in the George III antique manner, illustrated in R. and J. Adam's Work in Architecture, 1773-79. Its tablets display festive bacchic figures and Muses such as Josiah Wedgwood manufactured around 1770. This Adam fashion gained increasing populariy when Messrs. Wright and Mansfield's Wedgwood-enriched cabinet gained an award at the 1867 Paris Exhibition and was acquired for the Victoria and Albert Museum (R.W. Symonds and B.B. Whineray, Victorian Furniture, London, 1962, fig. 45.)
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