A highly important late 18th century Adam period carved giltwood frame with a Chinese export mirror painting depicting a shepherdess by a tree with a falconer behind her, within a river landscape. The associated giltwood frame with a moulded surround, finely decorated with scrolling leaf work, anthemion, husks and floral paterae and surmounted by an owl on an open book and a lyre within the conforming apron.

Literature: The Connoisseur, ‘Mallett’, March 1982, p. 33.
Edward Lennox-Boyd, Masterpieces of English Furniture, The Gerstenfeld Collection, 1998, p. 234, ill.84.


  • Provenance

    The frame:
    Lady Charlotte Lee, Viscountess Dillon, Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire.
    Ronald and Marietta Tree, who purchased Ditchley with some of the contents.
    Mallett, London.
    The Mirror painting:
    Collection of Joan Lady Bannerman.
    Mallett, London.


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