A highly important and extremely rare pair of mid 18th century large oval mirrors in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, probably retaining their original centre plates within a dart and flower head moulding, enclosing mirrored borders overlaid with scrolling leaves and flower sprays, the outer moulded frames issuing scrolling acanthus leaves entwined with garlands of flowers, fruit and leaves, continuing at the crest to crossed sprays of scrolling leaves centred by a pierced foliate palmette, the apron with a conjoined C-scroll ornamented open cartouche with paper scrolls and scrolled foliage joined at the base with a cabochon above a ruffled ornament, and enclosing a pendant palmette.

Literature: Christopher Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, vol. II, Illus. 118; drawings for a design closely related to these mirrors.
Illustrated:
Ronald Phillips Ltd., ‘Mirrors 1685-1815’, catalogue, 2004, archive section, p.169. ‘The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair Handbook’, 2009.


  • Provenance

    Collection of William "Billy" Rose (1899 - 1966), New York.
    Ronald Phillips Ltd, London.
    Partridge Fine Arts, London.
    Private collection, USA.


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