Exceptional Regence Giltwood Mirror
ca. 1715, with a mirror-inset surround, the corners framed with delicate scrollwork, supporting eagles and joined with spiral reeding, the bell-shaped crest molded with cabochons and scrollwork, and a masque beneath a shell.
h. 72-1/2", w. 42"
Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, "Property from the Estate of Brooke Astor", September 24-25, 2012, lot 536, page 414. Shown in situ pages 413 and 415, the library, "Holly Hill"; Private collection, Mobile, Alabama.
In overall very good condition, the surface exhibits normal rubbing, wear, some scattered losses to the
gilt and gesso and indications of past restoration to the surface and repairs.
The mirror plates are antique, with some minor fogging and crystalization to the silvering. The plate
behind the bottom pierced apron exhibits a number of breaks, largely obscured by the tracery over it.