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The mirror retains the original mirror plate, which was re-used from an earlier frame. The high cost of mirror plate in the 18th century meant that re-use was common practice at the time.

The design for this finely carved mirror was published in the first edition of Thomas Chippendale’s The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director of 1754.

The execution of the carving is of very high quality, yet somewhat stiffer than comparable London carved mirror frames.

William Mathie was apprenticed to Alexander Peter, one of the leading Edinburgh cabinet-makers in the 18th century. Both men worked independently at Dumfries House in Scotland, where Mathie carved several documented mirror frames to designs by Chippendale, which are similarly stiff yet exceptionally well executed.

Literature: Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director, 1st edition, 1754, pl. CXLVI.
Christie’s, ‘Dumfries House - A Chippendale Commission’, sale catalogue, 12-13 July 2007, vol. II, pp. 72-3 & 86-7.

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