Pair of George II Giltwood Pier Mirrors
Each rectangular mirror plate within mirror framed panels carved with ogee arches, flowerheads and leaves, the pierced cresting with acanthus leaves above a trefoil and pierced fretwork balcony, the apron with opposing C-scrolls and foliage. Height 68 inches, width 36 inches.
The present pair of pier mirrors exhibits the evolution from the Rococo and 'Gothick' motifs of the mid-18th century to the symmetrical neoclassical designs of the late 1750s and 1760s. Similar examples by John Linnell (1729-1796) are illustrated, Helen Hayward and Pat Kirkham, William and John Linnell, London, 1980, vol. II, p. 93, figs. 177-178, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acc. nos. V & A E. 215 and 170 1929, with rectangular mirror plates within mirrored plate surrounds, with lancet frames and flowerheads. Similarly, Linnell employed designs for frames surmounted by pagoda crestings with a fretwork balconies, op. cit., p. 82, fig. 159, Victoria and Albert Museum, p. 82, acc. no. V & A E. 3695, of tracings circa 1882 by James Chance of drawings by Linnell. Several examples of related manuscript drawings, circa 1753, by Thomas Chippendale are found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, acc. no. 20.401(68), including one inscribed as being For Cop. Warre Bampfyld at Hestercom near Taunton Somerse and Either of these must be at least 6 feet high & 3 wide Mr. Knight at Mrs. Freke's in Charles Street, St. Jas. Square. Other contemporaries of Linnell and Chippendale published comparable pier mirror designs, including George Edwards & Matthew Darly, A New Book of Chinese Designs, 1754, Thomas Johnson, Collection of Designs, 1758, and One Hundred and Fifty New Designs, 1761, William Ince and John Mayhew, The Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762 and A Society of Upholsterers, Genteel Household Furniture in the Present Taste, 2nd ed., 1765.
C The Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection
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