A George III carved giltwood pier mirror in the manner of Robert Adam

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Lot 179
A George III carved giltwood pier mirror
in the manner of Robert Adam

Sold for £ 7,250 (US$ 8,722) inc. premium
A George III carved giltwood pier mirror
in the manner of Robert Adam
The later rectangular bevelled plate within a beaded border and mirrored marginal outerborder applied with an anthemion filet, with a stiff leaf moulded border and projecting corners surmounted by a leaf and acanthus cresting, with scrolling acanthus and paterae, with similarly carved apron below, regilt, 180cm high (70 1/2in high), 93cm wide, (36 1/2in wide).

Footnotes

  • The above mirror relates in outline, use of marginals and the handling of the anthemions to the cresting and apron, to the mirrors thought to be by Robert Adam supplied for the Taffeta bedroom at Osterley Park, Middlesex. The use of an anthemion marginal border is further echoed at Osterley on the set of four pier mirrors supplied for the Gallery. The design for the mirrors is dated 1768 and the and they are listed in the 1782 inventory for Osterley Park as 'four large Pier Glasses in Elegant carved & Glass bordered frames, rich ornaments at the top and bottom...'. Virtually identical designs exist for mirrors in the collection of the Sir John Soane Museum, London, which are inscribed 'for the Earl of Shelbourne', see M.Tomlin, Catalogue of Adam Period Furniture, London, 1972, p.29.
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