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George III Carved Giltwood Oval Mirror after designs by Robert Adam.

Probably Irish, Circa 1770.

Provenance:
Private Collection, Ireland.
Private Collection, Surrey.

With flowering foliate scrolls, swags and gadrooning, surmounted with a classical urn and upspringing anthemion.

The design for this mirror bears close comparison with a drawing by Robert Adam in the Sir John Soanes Museum (ref. no. SM Adam volume 3/46 - https://collections.soane.org/OBJECT3507), particularly the upper part of the mirror frame. The drawing which dates from 1771-73 is a rough preliminary design made for publication for Kenwood, Hampstead, London, specifically for the private dining parlour for William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (1764-83). The mirror design was included in an engraving by P. Begbie, London, 1775 (see Sotheby's New York, 26 January 2020, lot 1758).

The foremost designers of the Georgian neo-classical period incorporated the elements seen in this mirror in their designs from the 1770s onwards. Other prominent figures including John Linnell featured urns and anthemion as a prominent motif (see Victoria and Albert Museum accession no. E.3466-1911.)

Dimensions

188 x 83 cm

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Stock number

619a
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