Exceptional Early 18th Century Swedish Pier Mirror with Blue Glass Border Frame

by Burchard Precht
£85,000
Code
9283
The frame of blue glass with gilt-lead alloy mounts of flower baskets and cherubs and gilt gesso mouldings surrounding the original mirror plate with hand-ground bevelling, probably re-silvered in the 19th Century. The glass with some minor cracks, otherwise of exceptional condition and quality

Sweden, circa 1720

This Swedish Pier Mirror is attributed to the work of Burchardt Precht, who was a leading furniture maker and sculptor in Sweden during the late 1600s and early 1700s. Mirrors such as this would have been considered the height of refinement during this period due to their cost. It is likely that this piece was part of Precht's appointment as 'carver of the court' at the Swedish royal residence Drottningholm Palace in 1682. Though the distinctive flower filled baskets are a particular feature of Gustav Precht, his work is often very difficult to tell apart from his father Burchardt

Provenance:
Acquired by Douglas Hogg, 1st Viscount Hailsham, Attorney General (1924-1928), Secretary of State of War (1931-1935) and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (1935-1938).Thence by descent to Quintin Hogg, 2nd Viscount Hailsham, later Baron Hailsham of St. Marylebone, Lord Chancellor (1970-1974, 1979-1987)Thence by descent to the Hon. James Hogg, Wherwell Priory, Hampshire
H 149cm x W 82cm
H 58.68" x W 32.3"

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