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Mirror frame

Mirror frame

  • Place of origin:

    England

  • Date:

    1840-1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rogers, William Gibbs, born 1792 - died 1872

  • Materials and Techniques:

    carving

  • Museum number:

    W.30:1-1969

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Mirror of carved wood (lime?), stained black. The uprights are composed of putti grasping straight loped branches festooned with flowers and fruit with a bird on a squirrel on each side. The top cross member is also a lopped branch supporting in the centre a basket containing fruit and flowers which cascade outwards. Upright and top members cross at the top corners; the top member supports at each extremity a carved bird. The ornament is largely carved out of the solid but some elements, for example the birds, are attached by dowels. The bottom of the frame is plain except for mouldings.

Place of Origin

England

Date

1840-1860 (made)

Artist/maker

Rogers, William Gibbs, born 1792 - died 1872

Materials and Techniques

carving

Object history note

The donor states that the mirror was bought by her father in 1892 from 'Rogers' This must refer to either W. Harry Rogers or G.A. Rogers, the sons of W.G. Rogers, who almost certainly carved the mirror. Doubless his son had some of his work in stock after his death.

William Gibbs Rogers (1792-1875) was the most eminent carver of the early Victorian era. He worked at Brighton Pavilion, Chatsworth, Belton ,Kensington Palace, Stafford House etc. and was to a large extent responsible for the revival of woodcarving in the 19th century.

Descriptive line

Mirror frame, by William Gibbs Rogers, English, 1840-60

Categories

Mirrors

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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