A Pair of George I Gilt & Gesso Carved Mirrors c.1720
Of notable scale, the frame carved and gesso applied with scrolling foliate decoration and strap work, on part pounced background, the surface patina sensitively dry stripped to reveal the original giltwood surface. With central shell crest, each side depicting arched eagle heads, with central scallop shell apron. The dual arched divided and bevelled glass plates, later silvered, with numerous heavily foxed and pleasing marginal plates.
Further literature and notes:
(Last Image) A notable and comparable pair of mirrors, with particular visual linking evidence in their distinct double scrolling framing and venus shell cresting, were supplied to John Mellor for Erdigg, Wales, by James Moore in 1720 (G. Wills, English Looking Glasses, p. 76, fig. 27). A further related pair of mirrors, subtitutuing additional eagles for the shell cresting, were also supplied to Erdigg by John Pardoe, a cabinet-maker, upholsterer and ‘Glassman’ based in the Strand who were close colleagues of the celebrated early 18th century with Moore and Gumley, and might suggest the frame work was undertaken by this famed duo.
Height: 163.5 cm
Width: 83 cm
Depth: 6 cm