A fine English gilt mirror in the Adam taste
A fine English gilt mirror in the Adam taste
A fine English gilt mirror in the Adam taste
A fine English gilt mirror in the Adam taste
A fine English gilt mirror in the Adam taste

A fine English gilt mirror in the Adam taste

c. 1770 England

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A fine English gilt mirror in the Adam taste, ca 1770.

The finely carved oval frame surrounded by delicate foliate detail, trailing husks, a classical urn, palmette and ram’s heads.

This antique mirror dates from the George III neoclassical period. Mirrors or ‘looking glasses’ from this period have a lightness of form evident in the slender frame and its surrounding delicate and sophisticated water gilded ornamentation, including in some examples such as this one, being partially worked in ‘carton pierre’.

Classical motifs of this period include trailing husks, urns, acanthus leaves and rams heads are all typical of the designs of the important Scottish architect Robert Adam (1728-92).

Adam was perhaps the most sought after and famous British designer working in the neoclassical idiom. He was the main force in the development of a style that extended beyond architecture and furniture to include many objects in a fine eighteenth century interior, including beautiful and extremely costly gilded mirrors and pier glasses.

Adam incorporated design ideas from ancient Greece and Rome into his forms and decoration. His numerous house commissions and their contents include inter alia Harewod House, Osterley Park and Syon House.
Born in Kirkaldy, Scotland, Adam was the son of the established architect William Adam, and followed his father into the family practice. In 1754 Robert embarked on a ‘Grand Tour’, spending five years in France and Italy visiting classical sites and studying architecture.

On his return he soon established his own highly successful and fashionable practice in London with his brother James. They were much sought after by the top echelons of the eighteenth century English nobility.

A related oval mirror was sold in Christie’s ‘Hotspur & Norman Adams sale’ 20th November 2008 lot 57, (Later painted green and white, restorations and 19th century mirror plate) @ £13,750.

Christies sold a related ‘regilt’ oval mirror but lacking the trailing husk decoration. Lot 88 14th June 2001 @ £25,850.

See: ‘English Looking Glasses’ by Geoffrey Wills p.122 ill. 147-150.
Dimensions
Height 132.00 cm (51.97 inches)
Width 59.00 cm (23.23 inches)
Depth 7.00 cm (2.76 inches)
Stock Code
BHA 1000
Medium
gilt
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