A rare and possibly unique mid 18th century carved giltwood mirror in the manner of Matthias Lock, retaining its original oil gilding and large original rectangular mirror plate, having arched cresting with pierced foliate carving around a rocaille cartouche flanked by large scrolls to the sides surmounted by chinoiserie heads, both wearing hats, a male to one side, a female to the other, the apron flanked by gothic follies with descending stylised staircases within pierced foliate carving. Note: This amazing mirror survives in an unbelievable state of preservation. Retaining the original oil gilding and wonderful original plate.
Almost certainly commissioned by Sir John Glynne, 6th Baronet (1713-1777), and his wife Honora Conway (d. 1769) for either the newly rebuilt Broadlane House, Flintshire, (now named Hawarden Castle) or their house in Berkeley Square, London, and by family descent to; Sir Stephen Glynne, 9th Baronet (1807-1874), and by descent to his sister; Catherine (d. 1900), wife of Sir William Gladstone, Prime Minister; by descent within the Gladstone family at Hawarden Castle until sold 2007.
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