An exquisite and beautifully drawn mid 18th century Chippendale period carved giltwood mirror in the manner of John Linnell, having a 19th century replacement rectangular plate within a swept and pierced frame with scrolled foliate arabesques surmounted by an anthemion cresting and flanked by scrolls with trailing foliage and husks to the sides, and pierced apron. Note: The design for this mirror, incorporating an anthemion cresting flanked by scrolling foliage, relates to a drawing for an overmantel mirror by John Linnell in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Other elements of the design can be seen in a pier glass and pelmets made by John Linnell for Shardeloes, Buckinghamshire, for William Drake.
Literature: Helena Hayward, 'The Drawings of John Linnell in The Victoria and Albert Museum', Furniture History Journal, 1969, fig.154. Helena Hayward and Pat Kirkham, 'William and John Linnell, Eighteenth Century London Furniture Makers’, 1980, Vol II, pp. 78-9, 112. Illustrated: ‘Ronald Phillips Ltd’, 2009 Catalogue, p.56, item 28.
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