A PAIR OF GREY-PAINTED LARGE PIER MIRRORS
PROPERTY FROM FARINGDON HOUSE, OXFORDSHIRE, LOTS 1-145
A PAIR OF GREY-PAINTED LARGE PIER MIRRORS

GEORGE II-STYLE, EARLY 20TH CENTURY, PROBABLY SUPPLIED BY LENYGON & CO.

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A PAIR OF GREY-PAINTED LARGE PIER MIRRORS
GEORGE II-STYLE, EARLY 20TH CENTURY, PROBABLY SUPPLIED BY LENYGON & CO.
The cresting centred by an oversized scallop shell, with egg-and-dart border
94 x 45 ½ in. (239 x 115.5 cm.) each
Literature
M. Girouard, ‘Faringdon House, Berkshire - II, The Home of Mr. Robert Heber-Percy.’, Country Life, 19 May 1966, p. 1246. fig 1., illustrated in the orangery.

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Lot Essay

These pier mirrors are inspired by the work of the Rome-trained architect and artist, William Kent (d. 1748). His work for Lord Burlington at Chiswick House features many elements of these mirrors, particularly the exaggerated scallop shells and scrolled fronds. Another design for a mirror by Kent for Chatsworth, Derbyshire also bears similarities to the present lot (see M. Jourdain, The Work of William Kent, London, 1948, p. 172, fig. 136). Several of Kent's commissions for Chiswick were illustrated in F. Lenygon, Furniture in England from 1660-1760, London, 1914 and it is likely that, along with lots 62, 100 and 133, this furniture was commissioned by Lord Berners or a member of his family.

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