George I Carved and Gilt Mirror

A very fine George I carved and gilt mirror, circa 1720, in the manner of John Belchier having an ostrich feather plume over tasseled central lambrequin, deep projecting scroll carved flourishes, the original beveled mercury glass plate having strapwork border and with scrolled knuckles at the top, the frame with carved gesso foliate design and punched decoration.

John Belchier is known to have supplied several mirrors with very similar details. The distinctive scrolls at the top of the mirror plate are typical of Belchier’s work and feature on examples at Erddig, (one of the most important houses in Wales) the Metropolitan Museum and Colonial Williamsburg. As Belchier was one of the few makers to label his work, distinctive features of similar looking glasses are often attributed to him.  Mirrors from this era, as a rule, had beveled glass and frames with original glass such as this one are extremely rare.

H 55 in. x W 28.5 in. x D 5.5 in.

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