Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.
Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.
Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.
Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.
Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.
Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.
Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.
Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.
Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.
Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.
Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.

Early 19th century mirror by William Freeman.

c. 1825 Norwich

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A fabulous early 19th century composition Rococo revival overmantle mantle mirror retaining the maker's label, by William Freeman of Norwich.
A Rococo Console Table made by Freeman with the same technique and style is in Blickling Hall, Norfolk.
Gilding rubbed but complete and original.
William Freeman, 1784-1877, son of Jeremiah's, was Sheriff of Norwich in 1842 and Mayor in 1843. In the 1851 census he was recorded as a magistrate, formerly a carver and gilder and upholsterer, age 66, born in London, living in Earlham Road, Heigham, Norwich.
As ‘Carver, Gilder & Looking Glass, Manufacturer, Wholesale & Retail’, Freeman used his trade label from London and Swan Lane, Norwich, in the late 1820s and the 1830s, to offer ‘The Greatest Number & Variety of Looking Glasses, Concave & Convex Mirrors’ as well as advertising lighting, picture and print frames, gold borders for rooms, plate glass, British and foreign prints, the cleaning of pictures, and supplies for painting and drawing. This label is found on this very mirror and a rococo-style table at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. The same design was used in Freeman's billhead, including an account to John Kitson, secretary to the Bishop of Norwich, for old and new maps and for a bracket for a bust of the bishop, 1829 (repr. Stabler 2006 p.63, where other Freeman labels, cards and stencils are repr.), and another to J. Crabtree for a gilt frame and plate glass for a drawing, 1833 (Norfolk Record Office, MC 990/2).
As ‘Carver, Gilder, Looking-Glass Manufacturer & Print Seller’, Freeman produced a handsome double-sided trade sheet on yellow paper, again from London and Swan Lane, dating to about 1840, advertising upholstery, carpets and floor cloth, cabinet furniture, paper hangings, mirrors and picture frames. The business also offered artist’s supplies including Ackermann’s and Newman’s superfine water colours in boxes or cakes, Whatman’s drawing paper, Turnbull’s drawing boards, crayon papers, oil colours, canvases, varnishes, easels, palettes, prepared boards, panels and brushes. Also Banks & Forster’s extra fine, and Brookman & Langdon’s prepared genuine Cumberland black lead pencils, Freeman’s and those of other makers (Christopher Lennox-Boyd coll.). The business had an account with the artists' suppliers, Roberson, 1832-6 (Woodcock 1997).
Dimensions
Height 66.00 inch (167.64 cm)
Width 55.00 inch (139.70 cm)
Depth 4.00 inch (10.16 cm)
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