A VERY FINE GEORGE I GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR IN THE MANNER OF JOHN BELCHIER
A VERY FINE GEORGE I GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR IN THE MANNER OF JOHN BELCHIER
A VERY FINE GEORGE I GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR IN THE MANNER OF JOHN BELCHIER
A VERY FINE GEORGE I GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR IN THE MANNER OF JOHN BELCHIER
A VERY FINE GEORGE I GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR IN THE MANNER OF JOHN BELCHIER

In the manner of JOHN BELCHIER (c.1685-1753)

A VERY FINE GEORGE I GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR IN THE MANNER OF JOHN BELCHIER

c. 1715 to c. 1725 England

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A early 18th century George I carved and gilt gesso pier mirror of exceptional quality. Retaining its original split beveled Vauxhall mirror plates, the upper plate stepped. The finely carved and punched gesso surface incorporating burnished strapwork ornament, flowers, husks and scallop shells, the surmount of scrolled outline carved and burnished with acanthus leaves ensuing from a central motif of fanned acanthus leaves with further burnished strapwork.

The consistency of the punching and language of the ornament have strong similarities with a comparable pier mirror at Erdigg, Wrexham supplied by John Belchier in 1723.

John Belchier, a cabinet maker first recorded at 'The Sun' near St. Paul's Churchyard in July 1717, is recorded supplying "All sorts of Cabinet Works" to his clients, but mirrors and bureau bookcases are the documented works that he promoted in his trade advertisements (G. Beard and C. Gilbert, eds., The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, p. 59-60). From 1720 he supplied furniture to John Meller at Erddig, Clwyd, N. Wales, including a pair of pier mirrors, a mirror-topped table and a State bed with a similar hawks' head motif. The Erddig mirrors and table were formerly attributed to James Moore, perhaps because mirrors supplied to Hampton Court by John Gumley, his partner, share the motif of a mask with a feathered headdress (see R. Edwards and M. Jourdain, Georgian Cabinet-Makers, London, rev. ed., 1955, figs. 16 and 17).
Dimensions
Height 211.00 cm (83.07 inches)
Width 78.00 cm (30.71 inches)
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