This extraordinary architectural mirror belongs to a group of mirrors by the Booker family that all share similar strong influences of William Kent.
A drawing by Kent for an organ case, engraved by John Vardy, relates to the design of the mirror.
A mirror formerly at St. Giles House in Dorset, England, shares many similarities and is also attributable to Booker.
The pair to this mirror is in a private collection in Ireland.
Note: The mirror plates are mercury silvered replacements.
Geoffrey Wills, English Looking Glasses: A Study of the Glass, Frames and Makers (1670-1820), 1965, p. 84, illus 52-3.
The Knight of Glin, Irish Furniture, The Irish Heritage Series 16, Dublin, 1978, illus. 31.
Christie, Manson & Woods, ‘Highly Important Furniture and Sculpture from St. Giles’s House, Dorset’, sale catalogue, 26 June 1980, p. 35, lot 43.
The Knight of Glin, Irish Furniture, 2007, pp. 140-46.
Susan Weber, William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, 2013, p. 470, fig. 18.2.
Private collection, Ireland.
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