Description & Technical information

A late 17th century marquetry cushion mirror in the manner of Thomas Pistor, having an 18th century replaced bevelled mirror plate within a crossgrain moulded edge and cushion moulding finely veneered in floral and bird marquetry of various timber types on an ebony background, within an outer crossgrain moulding, retaining the original shaped cresting similarly veneered and finished with a later crossgrain moulding.

Note: A mirror with similar floral marquetry was formerly in the ‘Percival Griffiths Collection’ and is illustrated in 'English Furniture from Charles II to George II'. A mirror with a comparable marquetry en suite with a table and pair of torchéres is in the collection at Levens Hall, Cumbria, where a bill from Thomas Pistor survives.

Date:  1690
Period:  1600-1750, 17th century
Origin:  England
Medium: Ebony
Dimensions: 113 x 74.5 cm (44¹/₂ x 29³/₈ inches)
Literature: Francis Lenygon, ‘Furniture in England from 1660-1760’, 1914, p. 244, fig. 375.
R. W. Symonds, ‘English Furniture from Charles II to George II’, 1929, p. 70, fig. 40.
Percy Macquoid & Ralph Edwards, ‘The Dictionary of English Furniture’, revised edition, 1954, Vol. III, p. 317, plate XI.
Herbert F. Schiffer, ‘The Mirror Book: English, American & European’, 1983, p. 26, illus. 32.
Adriana Turpin, ‘Thomas Pistor, Father and Son, and Levens Hall’, Furniture History Journal 2000, pp.43-60.
Categories: Furniture