9164 A RARE OVAL GILT WOOD MIRROR ALMOST CERTAINLY BY J.C. LILLIE RETAINING ITS ORIGINAL TWO COLOR GILDING Copenhagen. Circa 1790. Measurements: Height: 60 1/2″ (154 cm) Width: 29″ (74 cm) Depth: 4 3/4″ (12cm)
Of giltwood. The old replaced oval mirror plate with a molded frame, with beaded decoration to the inner edge, flanked by bulrushes issuing the scrolling pierced crest, the crest surmounted by a floral spray, the whole terminating in pierced foliate scrolls issuing acanthus leaves and centered by an inverted pine cone finial. Minor repairs. Gilding restored in places.
The present mirror is the work of the celebrated Danish cabinet maker and designer J.C. Lillie (1760 – 1827). The first incumbent of the official post of Architect and Designer to the Danish Court from 1790, Lillie numbered among his patrons royalty and members of the country’s leading aristocratic families.1
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