A highly important mid 18th century Chippendale period carved giltwood overmantle mirror attributed to William and John Linnell retaining most of the original mirror plates and conceived in the chinoisery style with a central trellised pagoda with pierced canopy and mask cresting intended for a china figure or vase and further little platforms for similar use amongst a frame of winding vinestock and rock work hung with floral swags and cabochon ruffle decoration crested by a pierced basket with floral swags and flanked by carved pendent and bells. 
This extraordinary mirror relates to a drawing for a very similar mirror by John Linnell for Badminton House also having a central pagoda with canopy and platforms for China display. A virtually identical mirror, part of the Irwin Untermeyer collection is exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Literature: Illustrated:
‘A water colour’ by Alexander Serebriakoff with the mirror in Ditchley Park, 1950.
Ronald Phillips, ‘Reflections of the Past, Mirrors 1685 – 1815’, London 2004, p.171.

  • Provenance

    Probably commissioned by Thomas Thyne, 3rd Viscount Weymouth; 1st Marques of Bath for his house in Hill Street, London.
    Ronald Tree and Nancy Lancaster for Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire 1940’s.
    Ronald Phillips, 2004.
    Mallett, 2005.

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