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George II Carved Gesso Mirror

George II Carved Gesso Mirror


circa 1740 - 1745

The pediment adorned with a crest and a cartouche centred with patera sitting above 'C' scroll rolled ends and a pair of intricately carved swan neck pediments each terminating in a flower rosette with trailing leaves and egg and dart mouldings. The punched hole decoration to the cornice is surmounted on a later bevelled vauxhall mirror plate which is surrounded by beaded mouldings, lapped with egg and dart, punched and lined decoration. The corners of the frame are carved with scrolled flowers and decorated acanthus leaf to the corners and flanked by hanging floral garlands . The mirror sits above a shaped apron and a centred carved shell motif with architectural scrolls. The overall condition of the mirror is excellent with the gesso gilding being partially re-freshed.


Although the mirror is not associated to any one carver, it is true that William Kent (1685 -1748), painter, architect and designer favoured and enthused about the great Palladian architecture of Italy, notably designing and building Horse Guards and Treasury Buildings in Whitehall. The egg and dart moulding to the edge of the mirror is certainly a feature seen on known pieces of furniture and mirrors made and designed by William Kent. There are four drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum attributable to the circle of William Kent. The drawings are in the Palladian style which was fashion at the time.


Height 125cm (49.21 inches)

Width 70cm (27.56 inches)

Depth 7cm (2.76 inches)

Stock No: 11167


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