The pier-glass's mirrored frame with bevelled glass relates to that of a pair of pier-glasses, attributed to John Gumley (d. 1728), who owned a glass factory at Vauxhall and fashionable showrooms in the Strand. The latter, formerly at Hornby Castle, Yorkshire were sold by the Earl of Clanwilliam, in these Rooms, 29 November 1979, lot 15. The head-glass's indented and arched cornice relates to that of a George I pier-glass at Castle Howard, Yorkshire; while the addorsed eagle-heads emerging from ribbon scrolls feature on a George I japanned pier-glass in the collection of Mrs. David Gubbay (see P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. ed., 1954, pp. 322-325, figs. 29, 34 and 40). A related George I pier-glass with similar shaped head-glass surmounted by an armorial escutcheon was sold anonymously, Sotheby's London, 20 February 1976, lot 71 and another was sold by the Executors of the late Mrs. Diana Gubbay, in these Rooms, 24 April 1969, lot 125.