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Date: Late 1700s
Location: State Bedroom
One of a pair of George III giltwood oval mirrors by Thomas Chippendale.
Made in 1773 for the State Bedroom, these two glasses, decorated with finely carved scrolls of leaves, swags of flowers, cherubs and urns, are described in Chippendale’s bill as ‘2 oval frames with treble branches and rich Carved Antique ornaments highly finished in Burnished Gold’. They were dismantled in the 1850s when Charles Barry was brought in to undertake major alterations to the house. Such lavish pieces as these glasses were considered unsuitable for a modern Victorian household and the decorative carved work around the main frame was dismantled and stored in boxes in the stable blocks. They were re-discovered in the 1970s and painstakingly returned to their original state by Carvers and Gilders in 1989.