London, South Kensington
17 September 2003
A CARVED GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR OF LARGE SIZE
19th Century, in the manner of Robert Adam
The rectangular plate in a beaded slip and mirrored border interspersed with anthemion medallions, in a concave-moulded and lobed frame, the cresting with a pair of griffins flanking a flaming festooned vase on a pierced pedestal, the pedestal with restored break, inscribed in pencil to the reverse 'Nil/s4-4-Y VC VC'
91in. (231cm.) x 48 in. (122cm.)
R. Olaf Hambro, Esq., Linton Park, Kent, sold by Order of the Executor, Christie's house sale, 2 October 1961, lot 202.
The pier-glass cresting, with arabesque flame-guarding griffins, derives from a pattern invented by Robert Adam (d.1792) in 1772 for the Earl of Bute at Luton Park, Bedfordshire and illustrated in the The Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam, vol.III, pl.XI, 1822. This pier-glass formed part of the collection of antique furniture assembled by Mr Olaf Hambro (d.1960) first at Kidbrook Park, Sussex and later, from 1938, at Linton Park, Kent.
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