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A mid 18th century carved giltwood mirror, with broken pediment enclosing scrolled cartouche and classical swags above Corinthian columns and carved lower rail with egg and dart moulding. The mirror plate replaced.Attributed to Francis and John Booker.
This mirror, in the architectural style which clearly shows the strong influence of William Kent, is attributed to the firm of the Booker family who are believed to have come from Nottinghamshire in England but moved to Ireland in the late 17th century. The business of the 'Looking Glass Merchant' John Booker (d.1750) was continued by his sons, Francis and John, from about 1750 and they are recorded in the 'Dublin Directory' between 1761 and 1772. Mirrors in this architectural style and bearing their trade label have been identified in Ireland and both the use of Corinthian columns and the pediment with a centred cartouche motif with floral swags point out to an attribution to the Booker workshop.
J. Peill and the Knight of Glin, Irish Furniture. Yale University Press, 2007.
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