Description & Technical information

The inspiration for this mirror comes from Matthias Lock’s designs, and in particular from the title page and plate 6 of his A Book of Ornaments.
The mirror was discussed by R. W. Symonds in an article in Apollo magazine in the 1930s. Symonds was at that time the leading adviser to some of the most important collections of English furniture. 
Note: The mirror plate is an 18th century replacement; the frame has been re-gilded.

Date:  circa 1755
Period:  George II
Origin:  Irish
Medium: Giltwood
Dimensions: 177 x 115 cm (69⁵/₈ x 45¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: Collection of Lord Plender, Ovenden, Kent, England;
Private collection, England.
Literature: Matthias Lock, A Book of Ornaments, 1747, title page & pl. 6.
John Weale, Old English and French Ornament, 1846.
Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, pp. 521-2.
The Knight of Glin, Irish Furniture, 2007, p. 263, illus. 232-5.

R. W. Symonds, ‘Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Mirrors in the Collection of Lord Plender’, Apollo, October 1931, pp. 193-204, fig. IX.
Categories: Furniture