A highly important and probably unique set of four early 18th century blue japanned girandoles attributed to Giles Grendey, retaining all the original shaped and bevelled mirror plates and the original ornate brass candle arms with nozzles; each having shaped cresting and apron decorated in raised lacquer with gilt decoration on a blue ground, each depicting a different chinoiserie rural travelling scene: two girandoles show a man on horseback with servants leading the way; one shows a man riding a tiger with two servants following; and the fourth shows a couple on foot followed by a servant with a banner and parrot on top.
Note: Blue japanning is one of the rarest colours produced. It is remarkable that these girandoles have survived as a set and in such untouched condition. No other set of four is known to exist.

Literature: Geoffrey Wills, English Looking Glasses, 1965, p. 66, illus. 5.
F. Lewis Hinckley, Queen Anne and Georgian Looking Glasses, 1987, p. 39, figs. 19-21.

  • Provenance

    Private collection, Spain.
    Private collection, Gloucestershire.
    Private collection, London.

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