The design of the frame, incorporating an anthemion cresting flanked by scrolling foliage, relates to a drawing for an overmantel mirror by John Linnell preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Other elements of the design can be seen in a pier glass and pelmets made by him for Shardeloes, Buckinghamshire, for William Drake.
The mirror plate is a 19th century replacement.
Helena Hayward, ‘The Drawings of John Linnell in the Victoria and Albert Museum’, Furniture History, 1969, fig. 154.
Helena Hayward and Pat Kirkham, William and John Linnell, Eighteenth Century London Furniture Makers, 1980, vol. II, pp. 78-9 & 112.
Ronald Phillips Ltd., ‘Masterpieces’, catalogue, 2008, pp. 52-3.
Ronald Phillips Ltd., ‘Mirrors’, catalogue, 2010, pp. 200-201.
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