Description & Technical information

A fine and important pair of mid 18th century carved giltwood border glass mirrors in the manner of William and John Linnell, having 18th century replacement plates divided by a rocaille carved fillet, with straight cresting surmounted by stylised pierced foliate plumes, and serpentine sides with pierced C-scrolls with cascading floral garlands; having shaped apron centred by a foliate cartouche.

Note: This outstanding pair of mirrors shares many similarities with a pair of pier glasses supplied by John Linnell to Stowhead, Wiltshire and with a sketch of a mirror now in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Date:  1765
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  England
Medium: Carved giltwood
Dimensions: 213 x 101.5 cm (83⁷/₈ x 40 inches)
Provenance: Mrs. Enid Annenberg Haupt, New York, supplied by Parish-Hadley Inc.
Literature: Pat Kirkham & Helena Hayward, William and John Linnell, Eighteenth Century London Furniture Makers, London, 1980, Vol II, p.94, illus. 180; p.100, illus. 191.
House & Garden, ‘Best in Decoration’, New York, 1987, illus. pp. 126/7.
Categories: Furniture