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Beautiful Victorian Scottish Carved Giltwood Mirror c. 1890

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Beautiful Victorian Scottish Carved Giltwood Mirror c. 1890

A very beautiful large and high quality antique gilt wall mirror.
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37 inches wide, 30.5 inches high and 4 inches deep. For metric please multiply by 2.5


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A high quality late 19th century giltwood and gesso framed mirror in excellent condition. Hand carved with a deep border of ornate leaves and vines, each side centred by a large scallop shell and with scrolls, scallop shells and open work ribbons to each corner.

With original makers label to rear "Geo. Davidson, Carver Gilder and Artists Colourist, 123 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow."

George Davidson was born in 1843, the son of a spirit merchant. He married Mary Wilson, daughter of John Wilson, carver and gilder on 31 December 1868. He appears in the 1872 directory as a carver and gilder, and in 1877 also as an artists colourman. Davidson and his successors were in business at 123 Sauchiehall St for almost 40 years. The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours was close by at no.127. In 1881 age 39, George is shown in the census as a master carver and gilder employing seven men and three boys, living with his wife Mary, nine-year-old son, and three younger daughters. He died in 1901 aged 59.

George Davidsons business was begun in 1870. His premises at 123 Sauchiehall Street were described as "a large and commodious double shop, with a spacious glass-roofed saloon at the rear. The main showroom is about 45 feet by 18 feet. The stock held in the forward showroom consists principally of artists materials, and includes a very great number of studies in colour of a conspicuously high-class order. There is also shown a large and valuable assortment of etchings, engravings, and oil-paintings. About fifteen or sixteen capable assistants find occupation in the establishment, which has been enlarged since Mr. Davidson took possession by the addition, five or six years ago, of part of the main showroom and saloon, altogether a length of about 50 feet. The speciality of the house consists in gold framing. Mr. Davidson also represents most of the fine art exhibitions in Scotland and England, and acts as sole agent in Glasgow for Dr. Schoenfeld of Dusseldorf, whose manufacture of artists colours has achieved a world wide renown."

This beautiful, hand carved Scottish antique frame dates from around 1890, superb quality hand carved and retaining its original finish and complete with a moulded gilt slip. In very good condition, the mirror plate is early 19th century, reflects perfectly with a soft grey hue with a couple of very small dark marks within the glass.

A very beautiful large and high quality antique gilt wall mirror.