A Monumental Scale Mid 18th Century Carved Giltwood Mirror
With boldly carved and architecturally impactful broken pediment, centred by a delicately scrolling spray foliate and ‘c’ scroll cresting. Over extensively carved and pinned frieze, the whole frame with intricate and textural cross-hatched surface, the re-entrant form with unusual and expressive acanthus edge carving, over further carved and volute scrolled apron. The mirror retains the colossally sized and original bevelled mercury plate, with has a beautiful clear yet inky colour palette, with smoky and coruscating foxed quality. The whole surface painstakingly dry stripped to reveal the original scintillae of original 18th century gilding, revealing lustrous yet ‘sleepy’ traces of giltwood, bone white gesso, and raw-umber coloured bole. The design of this Palladian mirror relates to drawings of 1721-22, by the 18th century Scottish architect, James Gibbs (1682-1754), pre dating similar designs by his contemporaries William Kent and William Jones. It also shares visual similarities with the prolific and exemplary output of the cabinetmaker Matthias Lock, who worked closely with Thomas Chippendale (having been a disciple of his workshop, and then latterly of Robert Adam). English, c.1755-60.
Height: 267 cm
Width: 132 cm