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A highly important pair of mid 18th century Chippendale period carved giltwood rectangular border glass mirrors retaining most of the original plates, divided by a fillet supporting opposing carved eagles and having columns either side. The elaborate scrolled border glass frames consisting of numerous ‘C’ scrolls and foliate carved branches.

Note: A pair of mirrors of extremely similar design were in the collection of the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, at Clarence House.

Some border plates are 18th century replacements.

Literature: R. A. Woods, FSA, ‘English Furniture in The Bank of England’, 1972, illus. 62; a similar use of a carved bird on a dividing fillet.
H. Hayward and P. Kirkham, ‘William and John Linnell, Eighteenth Century London Furniture Makers’, 1980, Vol II, p. 98, plate 187; a drawing showing elements used in the current pair of mirrors.
D. Coombs, ‘Queen Elizabeth's Collection’, The Antique Collector, 1990, August, p. 34.


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