A PAIR OF GEORGE I GILTWOOD AND GESSO WALL MIRRORS
IN THE MANNER OF MOORE & GUMLEY, CIRCA 1720
Of slightly varying proportions
one 114cm high, 74cm wide, the other 119cm high, 72cm wide
Provenance: Property from the Phillip Lucas Collection, Spitalfields House
Please note, these mirrors are a matched pair, not a pair as stated in the printed catalogue.
For a mirror of comparable design see Graham Child, World Mirrors 1650-1900, p78, pl 50. The mirror shares the features of outset sides, acanthus plume and eagle heads grasping swags of flowers, these design elements not uncommon on tables as well as mirrors. They are in the manner of Moore and Gumley and the frames bear a strong resemblance to that of the mirror in the Untermeyer Collection.
James Moore who flourished between 1708 and 1726, was in partnership with John Gumley and supplied mirrors to Erthig, Denbighshire.
SALEROOM NOTICE: THESE MIRRORS ARE A MATCHED PAIR, NOT A PAIR AS STATED IN THE CATALOGUE
It is conceivable that these mirrors might have been made in the same workshop, the differences are only apparent when closely comparing the detail of each.
There are scratches, knocks, scuffs, cracks and abrasions consistent with age and use.
There are losses, restorations and observations including:
There is a patina of variable coloured gilding from tarnished looking to brighter, with signs of some later gilt.
There are repaired cracks, generally to the crest and upper areas of the mirrors, and along the grain of timber.
The mirror plates are of a later date, one with losses to the silvering.
Differences, apparent only on close inspection, include: the cross section ogee moulding of the main frame; the carved detail to this ogee moulding; the varying in prominence of some carving; the proportions/elongation varying.
Cracks to the backboards, there is some evidence of worm.
Please see the additional photographs as a visual reference of condition.
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