An exceptional George II carved gilt gesso and giltwood overmantel mirror. Of impressive proportions, the carved frame surmounted by a double shell cresting flanked by a pair of scrolling eagle heads. The whole frame carved with wonderful scrolling acanthus leaves and further detailed with floral, foliate and linear strapwork on a double punched background of the finest quality. The frame inset with a classical oil painting above a bevelled edge triple plate horizontal mirror. With outstanding brass candle arms.
The oil on canvas Roman School, 18th century – A capriccio of Roman ruins with a soldier and dog in the foreground.
Height: 72 in (183 cm) Width: 66³/₄ in (169.5 cm)
A George I gilt gesso mirror, albeit of a much smaller scale, that exhibits a near identical carved top cresting rail, was in the collection of Percy Macquoid and subsequently Ralph Edwards. The mirror is illustrated in their seminal work The Dictionary of English Furniture (1st edition, vol. II, 1924, p.325, fig. 45 and Revised Edition, 1954, vol. III, p. 332, fig, 51) and more recently in Ronald Phillips, Great English Furniture, 2023, p. 160-163.