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Rococo Carved Giltwood Mirror

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Very finely carved English Rococo Carved Giltwood Mirror in the manner of Grinling Gibbons with an undulating surround of fine Rococo scrolls and floral ornament crowned with a stylised fleur-de-lys. Inspired by an original of c.1700. Plain mirror glass.

Dimensions: 33" W x 56 1/8" H

GRINLING GIBBONS, (1648–1721), English wood-carver, was born in 1648, according to some authorities of Dutch parents at Rotterdam, ... he is said to have come to London after the great fire in 1666.

He early displayed great cleverness and ingenuity in his art, on the strength of which he was recommended by Evelyn to Charles II., who employed him in the execution both of statuary and of ornamental carving in wood.

In the early part of the 18th century he worked for Sir Christopher Wren. ...chiefly as a sculptor in wood that he is famous. He was employed to execute the ornamental carving for the chapel at Windsor, the foliage and festoons in the choir of St Paul’s, the baptismal fonts in St James’s, and an immense quantity of ornamental work at Burleigh, Chatsworth, and other aristocratic mansions.

The finest of all his productions in this style is believed to be the ceiling which he devised for a room at Petworth. His subjects are chiefly birds, flowers, foliage, fruit and lace, and many of his works, for delicacy and elaboration of details, and truthfulness of imitation, have never been surpassed. He, however, sometimes wasted his ingenuity on trifling subjects; many of his flowers used to move on their stems like their natural prototypes when shaken by a breeze. In 1714 Gibbons was appointed master carver in wood to George I. He died at London on the 3rd of August 1721.

(Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911)