A pair of late 18th-century Hepplewhite period carved giltwood mirrors, the original rectangular plates within beaded frames surmounted by a scrolling cresting of foliate and floral arabesques centred by the Prince of Wales plumes with oak leaf and acorn pendants, the apron with crossed sprays of bay leaves centred below a fluted fan.
Width: 23 inches
Height: 56 inches
George Hepplewhite (d.1786), apprenticed to the famous firm of Gillow of Lancaster, was one of the most famous English cabinet makers of the late 18th century. His style represented a lighter neo-classicism that was made immediately popular on the publication of his designs by his widow, Alice in ‘The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide’, which was first published in 1788, followed in the same year by ten designs in ‘The Cabinetmakers London Book of Prices’ issued by the London Society of Cabinet -Makers. Although no actual furniture is identified to have been made by him his widow carried on the business as A. Hepplewhite & Co.
The badge of the Prince of Wales of three ostrich feathers was frequently used by Hepplewhite in his designs of crestings and chair backs allying himself with the fashionable circle that surrounded the Prince.
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