Description & Technical information

A pair of George II giltwood border glass mirrors attributed to Giles Grendey.
Note: The mirrors retain some of their original gilding. One of the shaped centre plates is an 18th century replacement.
Both of the mirrors retain an inventory inscriptionr on the reverse side.
L  No. 19
L for Lerchenborg Castle and No. 19 indicating the location of the mirror within the castle.
Lerchenborg Castle in Denmark was built by Carl Ahlfeld in 1704. The estate belonged to John Thornton between the years 1729-1742 when the mirrors were  probably installed at the castle.
Two matching pier mirrors remain at Lerchenborg Castle as part of the original suite.
John father, Robert Thornton  was a director of the Bank of England and a wealthy merchant who owned the Clapham estate. John inherited some £100,000 and the estate after his fathers death which he further expanded and increased. John travelled a lot and probably didn’t spend much time in Denmark.
A Journal written by John Thornton and dated 1742 describing his travels  from Riga through Germany and Italy to England  sold at Dominic Winter Auctions in 2019.

Date:  1730
Period:  George II
Origin:  English
Medium: Giltwood
Dimensions: 112 x 63.5 cm (44¹/₈ x 25 inches)
Provenance: John Thornton, for Lerchenborg Castle, Denmark, by decent to:
Christian Lerche, Lerchenborg Castle, Denmark.
Amalie Margrethe Christiane Caroline Leiningen-Westerburg née Lerche, Lerchenborg Castle Denmark.
Georg Flemming Lerche,  Lerchenborg Castle, Denmark.
Christian Cornelius Lerche-Lerchenborg,  Lerchenborg Castle, Denmark.
Christian Albrecht Lerche,  Lerchenborg Castle, Denmark.
Christian Cornelius Lubbi Lerche-Lerchenborg.
J. Bruhn,  Lerchenborg Castle, Denmark.
Private collection, England.
Categories: Furniture