A fine English gilded carton pierre mirror
A very fine carved wood and ‘carton pierre’ mirror retaining its original gilding and original mirror plate. This mirror has been dry stripped and retains all its original clay color and much of its original gilding.
John Linnell was among the first of the great 18th century cabinetmakers to incorporate the use of carton pierre, a papier mache type material, that was easily moulded, saving a great deal of time at the carver’s labor in the process.
Literature: Hayward, Helena, The Journal of The Furniture History Society, Furniture History, Volume V, “The Drawings of John Linnell in the Victoria and Albert Museum” Leeds, UK, 1969, Fig.57 and Fig. 134