A George II Giltwood Mirror with Candle Sconces ca. 1730

A splendid, good size, 18th century George II carved and gilded mirror. Interestingly the original gilding has been retained and is brighter and more luminous than re-gilded mirrors of this type. The upper part carved profusely with a broken arched swan pediment centred by a foliate cartouche crowned by a feathered plume; the bottom part carved with a volutes and acanthus motives, this between two later brass candle arms. We believe the mirror plate to be original, it shows areas of oxidization to the silvering resulting in a beautifully aged plate which casts a very mellow, silvery reflection.
There was some damage to the escutcheon on the top of this mirror which we had restored. A small area had to be re-carved to replace a missing detail, this area had to be re-gessoed, carved and was gilded to match the original gilding. As the mirror retains its original gilding we chose to leave it in its current condition. This means that there are some areas where the gilding has worn where the red bole is showing as well as some small areas of gilding loss. We feel that this is to the benefit of the object.

English, circa 1730

Size: Height 122cm-48in.  Width 57cm-22,5in.  Depth 4 cm-1,5in.

 

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