Mirror by Robert Adam

This elaborate carved giltwood mirror was designed for Coventry House, Piccadilly, the great London house of the 6th Earl of Coventry (1722-1809).

Details

Medium:
Giltwood
Dimensions:
340 x 190 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £325,000)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
Pelham Galleries

It incorporates Adam's characteristic motif of draped female figures which flank the oval glass which they appear to hold up by clasping the ropes from which the glass is suspended. This daring conceit was probably inspired by Adam's knowledge of Italian baroque art. The ropes are attached to a medallion embellished with a lion's mask, and they extend beyond the figures and medallion in decorative bows with suspended tassels. The oval mirror frame has a fluted reserve within a lotus leaf border. The design and execution of this mirror was of an unprecedented scale and quality.

Provenance

Made for the Eating Room, Coventry House; Benjamin Sonnenberg, New York; Sotheby's,8/6/79, lot 1628.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

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