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Queen Anne Giltwood Mirror with Original Plates and Samuel Pepys Provenance

Queen Anne Giltwood Mirror with Original Plates and Samuel Pepys Provenance

Queen Anne Giltwood Mirror with Original Plates and Samuel Pepys Provenance

SHORT DESCRIPTION
A superb quality early 18th Century carved giltwood mirror with original mirror plates and provenance
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DIMENSIONS
24 inches wide and 40 inches high. For metric please multiply by 2.5
DATED
c.1730
PRICE
£3,800

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FULL DESCRIPTION

A superb quality early 18th Century carved giltwood mirror
with rectangular central mirror plates and surrounding shaped mirror plates, all
original, enclosed by trailing leaf borders. The crest with basket of fruit
surmount supported by scrolls.



Original backboards. Minor restoration - the cresting having broken away many
years ago, repaired and supported now with additional brace as shown. The
mirror has some re-gilding and fine well executed professional repairs
consistent with age. The backboards with later brass mounts allowing it to be
hung either with picture wire or on hooks fixed to the wall.



Very heavy, robust and substantial. Two of the small surrounding mirror plates
have very old fractures but are stable. The plates attractively and naturally
foxed but still reflecting well as shown in the photographs and having a lovely
atmospheric silver grey hue.



Samuel Pepys was a much admired British Member of Parliament and Administrator
of the navy in England. He had no naval experience but was exceptionally able
and hard working. He was appointed Chief Secretary of the Admiralty under both
King Charles II and King James II and was influential in creating a
professional and reformed Royal Navy. During his lifetime he was famous for his
work and intellect, later being appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society. In his
youth he kept a private diary (1660 until 1669) which was first examined at the
beginning of the 19th century and became a first hand eyewitness source and
important source for events of the Restoration period including the great fire
of London and Great Plague. And his fame is now in connection with his
posthumously discovered diary rather than the great achievements of his life.



Samuel Pepys died in 1703 aged 70 without an heir and his nephew, John Jackson,
inherited his estate. John Jackson b 1673 d 1724. Johns daughter Frances
Jackson (b 1721 d 1769) was therefore the great niece of Samuel Pepys. Frances
married John Cockerell of Bishops Hull in Somerset - the name John Cockerell
having been passed from father to son for generations. Samuel Pepys Cockerell
(b 1753 d 1827) was the son of Frances and John and thus a direct descendant of
the diarist Samuel Pepys. He was a British architect and his brother was Sir
Charles Cockerell, 1st Baronet, for whom Samuel Pepys Cockerell designed a
large country house and estate in the Cotswolds called Sezincote which was
built in 1803.



Provenance: From the estate of Elizabeth Pepys-Cockerell and of her husband
John Pepys-Cockerell who is the direct descendent of Samuel Pepys Cockerell and
thus a direct descendent of Samuel Pepys. The family are longstanding and
possessions have been passed from generation to generation. Further enquiries
regarding the mirrors history within the family are in progress.