These exceptionally well carved mirrors are in the manner of Thomas Chippendale and take their inspiration from a design for a pier glass frame published in 1754. The spirit of the drawing is apparent in these mirrors. The conception of the ho-ho birds relates in much detail to the well documented girandoles with ho-ho birds at Dumfries House in Scotland. The mirror plates are mercury silvered replacements.
Literature: Illustrated: The Antique Dealers’ Fair and Exhibition handbook, 1957, p. 63; one of the pair illustrated. Literature: Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director, 1st edition, 1754, pl. CXLIII. Christie’s, ‘Dumfries House’, sale catalogue, 12 July 2007, vol. I, pp. 209-15, lot 60.
Exhibitions: The Antique Dealers’ Fair and Exhibition, London, 1957, with Vyse Millard, Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
Vyse Millard Ltd., Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, until 1957; David Style, Esq., Wateringbury Place, Maidstone, Kent, England, until 1978; Private collection, London, England.
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