Description & Technical information

These exceptionally well carved mirrors are in the manner of Thomas Chippendale and take their inspiration from a design for a pier glass frame published in 1754. The spirit of the drawing is apparent in these mirrors. The conception of the ho-ho birds relates in much detail to the well documented girandoles with ho-ho birds at Dumfries House in Scotland.

The mirror plates are mercury silvered replacements.

Date:  1754
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Medium: Giltwood
Dimensions: 193.5 x 106.5 cm (76¹/₈ x 41⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: Vyse Millard Ltd., Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, until 1957;
David Style, Esq., Wateringbury Place, Maidstone, Kent, England, until 1978;
Private collection, London, England.
Literature: Illustrated:
The Antique Dealers’ Fair and Exhibition handbook, 1957, p. 63; one of the pair illustrated.

Literature:
Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director, 1st edition, 1754, pl. CXLIII.
Christie’s, ‘Dumfries House’, sale catalogue, 12 July 2007, vol. I, pp. 209-15, lot 60.
Exhibitions: The Antique Dealers’ Fair and Exhibition, London, 1957, with Vyse Millard, Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

Categories: Furniture