Description & Technical information

A highly important pair of mid 18th century Chippendale period carved giltwood rectangular border glass mirrors retaining most of the original plates, divided by a fillet supporting opposing carved eagles and having columns either side. The elaborate scrolled border glass frames consisting of numerous ‘C’ scrolls and foliate carved branches.

Note: A pair of mirrors of extremely similar design were in the collection of the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, at Clarence House.

Some border plates are 18th century replacements.

Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  England
Medium: Giltwood
Dimensions: 209.5 x 113 cm (82¹/₂ x 44¹/₂ inches)
Literature: R. A. Woods, FSA, English Furniture in the Bank of England, 1972, illus. 62; a similar use of a carved bird on a dividing fillet. 
H. Hayward and P. Kirkham, William and John Linnell, Eighteenth Century London Furniture Makers, 1980, Vol II, p. 98, plate 187; a drawing showing elements used in the current pair of mirrors. 
D. Coombs, Queen Elizabeth's Collection, The Antique Collector, 1990, August, p. 34.
Categories: Furniture