A late 18th/early 19th Century pier glass,
Lot 305
A late 18th/early 19th Century pier glass,
Sold for £2,987 (US$ 4,688) inc. premium

Lot Details
Mirrors
A late 18th/early 19th Century pier glass,
the later rectangular plate within a reeded gilt frame within a grey painted border overlaid with gilt trellis, the upper corners each with a gilt shield armorial within a conforming outer gilt frame, 173cm high, 130cm wide.

Footnotes

  • The shields in the top corners of the frame date from 1811 when Cecil Weld Forester, son of Lt. Col. Cecil Forester, M.P. for Wenlock (1761-1768), inherited the Willey Park, Shropshire estate and assumed by Royal Licence the additional name of Weld. He was elevated to the peerage as Baron Forester of Willey Park, Shropshire in 1821.

    Three of his sons became successively second, third and fourth Barons Forester, all with distinguished careers - see Burke's Peerage. The Parliamentary constituency of Wenlock was evidently a family perquisite.

    The date of the mirror can be ascertained by the presence or absence of a Baron's coronet and two dogs supporting the shield. With these ensigns of nobility the carving was post 1821. Without them the carving is 1811-1821.

    Pevsner's Shropshire (1958) page 319, says Willey Hall was built by Lewis Wyatt (1812-1815) or alternatively 1821. The house replaces Old Hall, which was further east. There are Weld and Forester memorials in nearby St. John's Church.
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