A rare early 18th century carved giltwood mirror, the original re-silvered rectangular arched and shaped bevelled plate within a carved frame with a reed and bobbin sight edge and Vitruvian scrolled border with a sanded border and block corners with an egg and dart leading edge, the broken foliate arched cresting centred by the plumed crest of the Prince of Wales, the shaped apron centred by a scallop shell flanked by foliate carving and two later brass candle arms.
An almost identical girandole in the Royal collection, with a shell replacing the Prince of Wales' crest, appears to be from the same workshop sharing the same vocabulary of carving, size and bevelled plate ( cf Clifford Smith, 'The Complete History of Buckingham Palace', 1930, London, illus, 68). It is conceivabale that this mirror was made for Frederick, Prince of Wales who was a great patron of the arts living at Leicester House in London where he established a rival court to his father George II.
The style of this mirror is reminiscent of the work of Benjamin Goodison (c.1700-1760) who supplied furniture to several of the great houses of the day including Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire and Holkham Hall, Norfolk but his principal patron remained Frederick, Prince of Wales. Apprenticed to James Moore, Goodison succeeded his master in Royal service and supplied furniture to the Royal Palaces including St James's, Kensington and Windsor Castle but also to the principal residences of the Prince of Wales that included Carlton House, Kew, Pall Mall, Cliveden and Leicester House for which this mirror may have been intended. A carved and gilt girandole which was certainly supplied by Benjamin Goodison to Hampton Court (cf R. Edwards & M. Jourdain's, 'Georgian Cabinet-Makers', London 1962, p.140, illus 40) is of a similar form and also surmounted by a cresting of the Prince of Wales Feathers.
Literature: R. Edwards and Margaret Jourdain, Georgian Cabinet Makers c. 1700- 1800, London, 1962, p.140, illus. 40.
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