A Victorian carved oak Overmantel Mirror by James Plunkett & Co. of Warwick
Lot 206
A Victorian carved oak Overmantel Mirror by Collier and Plucknett of Warwick
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 10,000 - 14,000
Lot Details
A Victorian carved oak Overmantel Mirror
by Collier and Plucknett of Warwick
the rectangular plate within a flowerhead and guilloche carved border the cresting centred by a shield bearing the crest of the Philips with a rampant crowned lion and the motto 'Simplex Munditiis' below a pole intertwined with strapwork and rope-work decoration surmounted by a foliated urn finial, the sides with pendant rope chains ending in fringed tassels with strapwork clasps, surmounted by pierced foliate scrolls to the corners, with scrolling strapwork spandrels to the base, fragments of a label to the reverse '34 Warwick Street Leamington by appointment to her Majesty the Queen' 216cm high, 76cm wide (85" high, 76" wide).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Presumably supplied to Mark Philips (d.1874) for Welcombe Hall, Warwickshire and thence by descent to his brother:
    Robert Needham Philips (d.1890) and thence by descent to his daughter:
    Lady Caroline Travelyan: presumably sold as part of the contents sale of Welcombe Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1931.

    The crest on the above lot is that of the Phillips family of Heath House, Staffordshire, Lancashire and Warwickshire and was probably adopted by the Phillips family of Welcombe Hall.

    In 1845 Mark Philips demolished the earlier Gothic mansion on the Welcombe Estate. Plans for a new house were initially discussed with Williams Andrew Nestfield but were not commissioned. In 1866 the foundation stone of the new house designed by Henry Clutton was laid with Phillips eventually taking up residence at Welcombe Hall in 1870. The property was eventually sold by the family in 1929 and was purchased by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway to be used as a hotel.

    James Plucknett was originally in partnership with Frederick Collier with showroom in Leamington Spa and workshops in Warwick. The firm advertised themselves as
    Collier and Plucknett ... upholsterers, cabinet-makers and decorators by appointment to Her Majesty, and Manufacturers of rich carved furniture in the peculiar styles characteristic of the Gothic, Tudor and Elizabethan ages.

    The firm advertised in various trade directories between 1872-1880 and gained many commissions from well to do local families as well as from further afield. One of Collier and Plucknett's best known commission was for Tyntesfield, the celebrated Victorian Mansion, which was re-modelled and inspired by the architect John Norton (1823-1904), a pupil of Pugin, for William Gibbs (1790-1875). Collier and Plucknett supplied much of the Gothic revival furniture to Tyntesfield. The firm of Cubbitt were responsible for the building works and this was overseen by the main contractor George Plunkett who may well have been related to James Plunkett of Collier and may be the reason for the firm securing the large commission for the major pieces of Gothic furniture. After Collier retired Plucknett went into partnership with James Steevens and they traded as Plucknett and Steevens. The partnership lasted six years and included the 1884 commission for the Town Hall in Leamington Spa. Plucknett traded independently from 1886 and in 1892 provided the furnishings for The Royal Pavillion at the Royal Agricultural Show. The firm ceased trading in 1908 and the remaining stock was auctioned off.
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