George II Giltwood Pier Mirror
In the manner of John Linnell, the beveled shaped mirror plate within a frame carved with scrolling foliage and fruit, surmounted by a cresting with a ho-ho bird. Height 60 inches (152.4 cm), width 31 1/2 inches (80 cm).
Collection of Viscount Illingworth, Grosvenor Square, London.
J. J. Wolff Antiques Ltd, New York.
Hotspur Limited, London.
Vernay & Jussel, New York.
Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum of Art, CINOA Exhibition, The Grand Gallery, 1974.
The design of this pier glass includes elements that relate to the surviving manuscript drawings of the carver and designer John Linnell (1729-1796). These include the outspread winged ho-ho bird cresting and the conjoined C- and S-scrolls to the frame ; see 'The Journal of the Furniture History Society', vol. V, 1969, and Hayward, H., and P. Kirkham, William and John Linnell, New York, 1980, vo. II, pp. 96-97, figs. 184-185, for related designs.
C An Upper East Side Private Collection
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