Pair of giltwood pier glasses and sidetables by Unknown Artist

This pair of pier glasses was part of the first group of furniture supplied to William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, in the 1770s.

Details

Medium:
1) giltwood, glass plate; 2) giltwood & marble
Dimensions:
1) each 175 x 116 cm; 2) each 80.5 x 113 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 (; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1994
Vendor:
Private collection

They predate Adam's work at Kenwood and offer a rare insight into the early history of the house. They also represent mid eighteenth-century carved giltwood furniture at its most sophisticated. In 1922 the pieces were sold at the Kenwood auction and the catalogue shows them en suite in the Upper Hall. Their return to Kenwood helps to represent the early history of the house. Forming a further chapter in the refurbishing of Kenwood, they greatly enhance the presentation of the interiors.

Provenance

Probably commissioned by William Murray; 1st Earl of Mansfield; at Kenwoodc. 1755-1922; sold 1922.

Venue details

Kenwood Hampstead Lane, LONDON London NW3 7JR 020 8348 1286 www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood

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