An extremely rare and important mid 18th century carved giltwood mirror in the manner of James Gibbs, retaining most of the original oil gilding and the original octagonal bevelled plate within a flower head and ribbon carved moulded frame, having rococo acanthus leaf and cabochon ruffle border with broken swan-neck pediment centred by a Venus shell cartouche with sun ray cresting and an apron with cabochon clasp and stylized waterfall either side.
Note: The original bevelled plate and oil gilding are in an excellent state of preservation.
A mirror sconce of the same unusual shape and proportion and designed by James Gibbs is exhibited at Temple Newsam, Leeds.
Literature: Christopher Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall, Leeds, 1998, pp. 645-6, item 810. Elizabeth White, Pictorial Dictionary of British 18th century Furniture Design, Woodbridge, 1990, p.368, pl. 39.
Jonathan Harris, London.
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