A large George IV giltwood pier mirrorin the Italianate style
Lot 57
A large George IV giltwood pier mirror in the Italianate style
Sold for £4,750 (US$ 6,254) inc. premium

Lot Details
A large George IV giltwood pier mirror
in the Italianate style
the central rectangular plates within a beaded and moulded slip entwined with foliage and pierced rocaille-work surrounded by margin plates and a moulded outer frame further carved with entwined foliage and flowerheads terminating in scrolling brackets to the sides, the pierced rocaille cresting above cartouche shaped mirror panels surrounded by mirrored margins within pierced rocaille and flowerhead decorated surround,
127cm wide, 225cm high (50" wide, 88.5" high).

Footnotes

  • Please note that there are extensive loose carved elements to the mirror frame which have been temporarily applied for the catalogue illustration. It is therefore particularly important that bidders should make an actual inspection of this lot.

    Provenance: Formerly at Thorpe Hall, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

    While the present mirror has been conceived in an overtly English rococo style, elements of the design equate with 18th century Italian pier glass frames. In particular the configuration, gadroon-beaded borders to the central plates and handling of the carving, relate to two mirrors illustrated in G. Child, World Mirrors, London 1990, pls. 606, 617. It is possible that such features in conjunction with certain idiosyncrasies to the frame construction may be indicative of an Italian emigré craftsmen's interpretation of the English rococo style. It is also possible that the partially hidden frame mouldings to this mirror and the following lot indicate that they were originally an integral part of a panelled interior. Hence their removal may have occasioned additional strengthening to the frames.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the central mirror plate is broken and this is not shown in the catalogue illustration, however it is in the same condition as it was on view.
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