Lot 141: George III Giltwood Mirror
January 11, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
George III Giltwood Mirror
Third quarter of the 18th century
The oval mirror plate within a pierced foliate frame with a phoenix crest. Height 57 inches, width 40 inches.
The design for this mirror is closely related to documented work of John Linnell (1729-1796), which includes several examples formed as sweeping palm branches framing an oval plate within a gadrooned border, as in the present lot. Another cabinetmaker who used these details was Thomas Chippendale (1718-1778); cf. a manuscript design for a looking glass in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 20.40.1(56) and another, acc. no. 20.40.1(57) .
See: Charles Saumarez Smith, Eighteenth Century Decoration, New York, 1993, pp. 246-7, no. 237, Helen Hayward and Pat Kirkham, William and John Linnell, London, 1980, vol. II, p. 101, fig. 195, a workshop drawing for 'The Rev. M. Milner. 2 for his own glass B gold'; also, Leeds Art Calendar, no. 69, 1971, Ivan Hall, 'Newly discovered Chippendale drawings relating to Harewood', pp. 5-17, figs. 1-2.
C The Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection
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