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A William and Mary giltwood overmantel mirror by William German. The backboard retains the chalk inscription ‘W. German’. Very few examples of signed mirrors exist, and those that do mostly date from the 18th and 19th centuries. No other signed 17th century mirror has come to light. Two narrow border plates have been replaced.

Literature: Illustrated: R. W. Symonds, ‘English Furniture from Charles II to George II’, 1929, p. 11, fig. 5. ‘The Antique Dealers’ Fair and Exhibition Handbook’, 1957, p. 73.

Exhibitions: ‘The Antique Dealers’ Fair and Exhibition, Grosvenor House’, London, 1957; with Phillips of Hitchin.

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  • Provenance

    Percival D. Griffiths, Sandridgebury, Kent, England; Phillips of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, 1957; Sir Sydney Barratt, Summerhill, Staffordshire, and later installed at Crowe Hall, Bath, England.


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