A pair of important George II carved giltwood mirrors attributed to John and Thomas Vardy.
The original cartouche shaped plates within frames carved with wheatsheaves issuing from scrolls, surmounted by female masks flanked by acanthus leaves and ducal coronets, with lapet and shell carved aprons below, one labelled to the reverse BRITISH ANTIQUE DEALERS ASSOCIATION, ART TREASURES EXHIBITION, CHRISTIES 1932, No 140, one numbered '3', the other numbered '4' on the reverse.

 

Literature: Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, revised edition, 1954, vol. II, p. 338, fig. 70; a mirror of very similar design, also featuring the Diana mask and probably also by Goodison, in the collection at Goodwood, Sussex.

Illustrated:
Geoffrey Wills, English Looking-glasses, A Study of the Glass, Frames and Makers (1670-1820), 1965, p. 85, illus. 56.;
Ronald Phillips, Fine Antique English Furniture, London 2013, pp. 12-15;
Ronald Phillips, Masterpieces of English Furniture, London 2016, pp. 62/63.


  • Provenance

    The Earl of Harrington, Petersham Lodge, Richmond, Surrey.
    Later moved to Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire, England.
    Mallett & Son Ltd., London, England.
    Private collection, London, England.


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