14th Sep, 2023 10:00

The Guinness Sale at Elveden

Lot 50


☘ A George III giltwood mirror

A George III giltwood mirror,
c.1760, Irish, in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, with a later arched plate in shaped mirrored borders, surmounted by a pagoda and entwined with fruiting vines, restorations and losses,
124cm wide
235m high

Provenance: Farmleigh, Entrance Hall.

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Thomas Chippendale Mirror

Thomas Chippendale was one the most significant furniture creators of the 18th century, achieving an international reputation and producing beautiful designs that have echoed through generations of furniture-making. This mirror in particular combines both Irish taste and Chippendale styles with an elegant, flowing and fruitful frame filled with ripening vines, imaginative rococo scrolls and chinoiserie flair.

During the 18th century there was an increasing demand for a luxury market, and in 1754 Chippendale published 'The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director', a subscription pattern book that ensured he was perceived as one of the most influential and impressive cabinetmakers of his time. The book contained 161 engravings of a wide range of domestic furniture in the ‘Gothic, Chinese and Modern Taste’ (rococo) as well as plainer, more practical pieces. Chippendale, through this innovative showcase of design, became wildly successful, and his pattern book was reissued twice, in 1755 and 1762, with additional plates in the Neoclassical style that was quickly becoming a society favourite.

Chippendale excelled over his contemporaries due to his superb understanding of design and craftmanship, with many of the pieces ensuring function and practicality was met as well as beauty.

Sold for £19,000

Condition Report
The centre mirror plate later. The frame suggests there would have been a horizontal plate divider across the middle, now masked by regilding. Some loose pieces of decoration (which are present - one vine leaf from right hand side of the frame, and one flaming urn finial from the right hand side). Central mirror plate presumed to be later. The frame regilded and restored. 
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Auction: The Guinness Sale at Elveden, 14th Sep, 2023


‘I wish all the recipients of lots from this Elveden auction years of enjoyment from their purchase, as I believe the vast majority of these items are likely to be heirlooms for generations of the future.’
Edward Iveagh


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Sale Location

The auction will take place at Elveden Hall, London Road, Elveden, Thetford IP24 3TQ.  The sale commences at 10am, with doors open from 8.30am.



Viewing will be held at Elveden Hall, London Road, Elveden, Thetford IP24 3TQ. 


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Saturday 9 September, 10am - 4pm 

Sunday 10 September, 10am - 4pm 

Monday 11 September, 10am - 7pm 

Tuesday 12 September, 10am - 4pm 

Wednesday 13 September, 10am - 4pm

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