search

1/2

William and John Linnell: A George III giltwood mirror

england , circa 1760

An exceptional George III giltwood overmantel mirror. The central rectangular plate within a C-scroll and foliate border surrounded by shaped marginal mirrors within foliate C-scroll and rocaille borders and foliage trails surmounted by a flower-filled basket and cartouche. The glass largely original.

 

Provenance

This ornate giltwood mirror embodies the 'Modern' or 'French' style and relates to a design by the cabinet-making father and son parternship of William and John Linnell of Berkeley Square, London. The Linnell firm was one of the most prominent firms of cabinet-makers of the second half of the 18th century, with commissions for a number of important country houses including Badminton House, Osterley Park, Syon Park, Alnwick Castle, Shardeloes, Bowood House, and Lansdowne House.

The design of the present mirror with its distinctive cresting of a basket of flowers is reflected in a drawing of circa 1755-60 for a pier glass by the Linnell firm, executed as a pair of mirrors, for Sir Molynuex Cope, 7th Bt. for Bramshill, Hampshire (see comparison image). A related overmantel mirror was supplied in 1759 to George William Coventry, 6th Earl of Coventry for 'Lady Coventry's Dressing Room,' Croome Court, Worcestershire. Another similar overmantel was commissioned from John Linnell in 1765 for Mrs. Child's Dressing Room at Osterlely Park, London for which a design exists at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
 

Stock number

L06.34
Height: 103.00 in (261.62 cm)
Width: 52.00 in (132.08 cm)
An exceptional George III giltwood overmantel mirror. The central rectangular plate within a C-scroll and foliate border surrounded by shaped marginal mirrors within foliate C-scroll and rocaille borders and foliage trails surmounted by a flower-filled basket and cartouche. The glass largely original.

 
Alternate Text enquire

Alternate Text +44 (0)20 7839 5671

Alternate Text +44 (0)7725 332 665