A Pair of 18th Century Giltwood Mirrors, c.1765
Of Chippendale period, with exceptionally fine carved Chinoiserie details, with extensive foliate and c-scroll carving, incorporating flowers, figs and waterfall motifs, with the original giltwood surface and original 18th Century mercury glass plates remaining. Each mirror is surmounted by a monumentally scaled ‘Ho-Ho’ bird, one of the most alluring mythological subjects of 18th Century European Chinoiserie, and based on the mysticism of the phoenix of East Asia (often presenting as an exotic amalgamation of the phoenix, pheasant, stork, heron and bird of paradise) and associated with good fortune, longevity, fidelity and wisdom.
Height: 132 cm, 52″
Width: 63 cm, 24 3/4″