An exceptionally rare and highly important pair of early 18th century pier glasses by John Ody. The divided original bevelled centre plates with arched top in a moulded slip framed by original bevelled border glass sections with unusual lobed corners, within a moulded and gadrooned frame with later brass candle arms having exquisitely carved cresting of strapwork, acanthus leaf, shell motif and a central triple plume.
These mirrors where conceived in the French fashion, following designs by the Huguenot emergre Daniel Marot.
John Ody mentions two pier glasses for Stoke Edith in a letter to his patron Thomas Foley in 1727. Similar pier glasses by James Moore were supplied to Erdigg, Clwyd. A further example, possibly by James Moore, was illustrated in World of Mirrors by Graham Child.
Note: One border plate replaced.
Ralph Edwards, Percy Macquoid, Dictionary of English Furniture, Vol II, London 1954, p. 333, fig. 54.
R. W. Symonds, Furniture Making in the 17th and 18th Century England, London 1955, p. 150, fig. 205.
F. Lewis Hinckley, Queen Anne and Georgian Looking Glasses, New York 1987, p.71, ill. 72.
Graham Child, World Mirrors 1650-1900, London 1990, p.77, ill.48.
Lanto Synge, Mallett Millennium, London 1999, p.168, ill. 205.
Partridge Fine Art Ltd, ‘The Chicheley Mirrors’, Pamphlet 2008.
Christie's, ‘Review of the Year 1963-64’, p.52, sold for 1,800 guineas.
Commissioned by Thomas Foley (d.1737), for Stoke Edith, Herefordshire.
Thence by descent to the Lords Foley, Stoke Edith, Herefordshire.
The Moller Collection (formed under the guidance of R. W. Symonds).
Hotspur Ltd, London.
The Hon. Simon Sainsbury, Woolbeding, Sussex.
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