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A FINE PAIR OF GILTWOOD NEOCLASSICAL MIRRORS IN THE MANNER OF J.C. LILLIE

Probably Danish. Circa 1780.

Measurements

Height: 59 1/2" (151cm)
Width: 22" (56cm)

Research
Of giltwood and carved gesso. Each surmounted by an urn decorated with acanthus leaves and flanked by ram’s masks issuing wheatsheaf, the ram’s heads issuing foliate pendants, the oval mirror plates enclosed by an oval frame with beaded molding, the whole terminating in a giltwood ribbon issuing foliate husks below and foliate sprigs to the lower edge of the oval.

The present mirrors are reminiscent of the work of the celebrated Danish cabinet maker J.C. Lillie and are fine examples of the Danish taste for furniture in the English manner at the end of the eighteenth century.

The oval form and finely detailed floral decoration of the present pieces is comparable to a series of mirrors made by Lillie in 1793 for Liselund, the country house of the prefect of Møns. A naturalistic crest of the same intricate carving can be seen in a mirror intended for the ‘Haunted Room’, while a mirror in the ‘Garden Room’ is draped with a floral garland in a similar manner to the present pair. These mirrors also share with the present pair distinctive elongated crests typical of Lillie’s work.1

The articulated ribbon motif on the inverted finial of the present mirrors can be seen on two oval mirrors at Liselund, one in the garden room, and on the garlands supplied by Lillie above a pier glass in the Royal Amalienborg Palace.2

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.