Description & Technical information

A George III giltwood and bronze painted convex mirror attributed to Peter Bogaert.
Note: The pendent twin lights are restorations. 
The mirror belongs to a small group of convex mirrors which have many similarities. All of them have the distinct laurel leaf decoration with four ribbon ties, and some have identical pendent mask carving to the base of the frame. The carving is of exceptional quality on all, and the gilding is always opposed by painted bronze effect areas.
Peter Bogaert was a French émigré with workshops on Tottenham Court Road and later Air Street in London, England. He was Thomas Hope’s preferred carver for models for castings. Paul Storr, the celebrated silversmith and goldsmith, also engaged Bogaert in carving projects.
Recent research has revealed documentation for a pair of giltwood candelabra commissioned for the Throne Room at Carlton House which were supplied by Storr & Bogaert in 1807. Edwin Lascelles ordered a pair of torchères from Bogaert for Harewood House in London in 1809.

Date:  1805
Period:  George III
Origin:  English
Medium: Giltwood and bronze
Dimensions: 139.5 x 117 x 33 cm (54⁷/₈ x 46¹/₈ x 13 inches)
Provenance: Private collection, England.
Literature: Serge Roche, Mirrors, London 1985, p. 146, illus. 202; a convex mirror from the same workshop.
Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660–1840, 1986, p. 83.
Country Life, 31 July 1986, p. 353.
Hugh Roberts, Royal Treasures, A Golden Jubilee Celebration, 2002, item 88.
Categories: Furniture