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George IV Mahogany Cheval Dressing Glass Mirror from the designs of George Smith.

George IV Mahogany Cheval Dressing Glass Mirror from the designs of George Smith.

By GEORGE SMITH

England

circa 1826

The original cheval glass plate sits in a mahogany frame with oak panelling to the back and a carved sunburst moulding to the top. The beautifully cast gilt brass and ormolu candle sconces sit on crisply carved back plates and are original to the dressing mirror. The turned up right supports stand on trestle end plinth supports with carved paw feet and concealed brass castors. George Smith was Cabinet and furniture maker to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, and he published furniture designs that helped define the Regency style.Smith was most well known for cabinet making and upholstery during the first quarter of the 19 th Century and was spoken of in the same breath as contemporaries Henry Holland and Thomas Hope. He made furniture in a wide, eclectic range of tastes, based generally on the late neo-classical style, but also including neo-gothic style work and chinoiserie. He produced several pattern books the first being "A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration." George Smith in his seminal 1808 publication ‘A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture’, which interpreted and popularised the somewhat austere designs delineated in Thomas Hope’s earlier publication, ‘Household Furniture’, and Peter & Michaelangelo Nicholson’s work, ‘The Practical Cabinet-Maker, Upholsterer and Complete Decorator’.

Height 167.00cm (65.75 inches)

Width 82.00cm (32.28 inches)

Depth 67.00cm (26.38 inches)

Stock No: F552

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Literature

The actual definition of 'Cheval Glass' means, a full-length mirror mounted so that it can be tilted in a frame.

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