Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Roll 'em and see






A 19th century George III style giltwood wall-mirror of grand proportions.  
Rocaille borders within an ornately carved cartouche frame surmounted by a C-scroll.




The great dealers (Geoffrey Bennison, Christopher Gibbs, Madeleine Castaing, Rose Cumming, et al) were inveterate gamblers. Gambling that their chosen pieces would find an audience. An audience with the desire and the means to share in their vision.

At least, that is what I tell myself as I try to justify the sheer madness of it all.

And, all I can think is it would be madness not to take a chance.







Now playing: Gnarls Barkley - Crazy

9 comments:

katiedid said...

Absolute madness...take it!

columnist said...

You mean you've bought this? It's utterly gorgeous. I'm looking for a mirror, but not on such a grand scale!

mamacita said...

Oh, it would be so fabulous in my dining area. It's just that "means" part...

maison21 said...

wow! that's crazy big- and crazy good! hope your gamble pays off!

rubyhanoi said...

How stunning! The sheer scale of it! Very Bennison/Gibbs ..

David Toms said...

Where things like this are concerned you have to take a chance!

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

I wonder how much that would cost? It's amazing xx

Little Augury said...

Madness! just like a King. this is worthy of such a fate.

rubyhanoi said...

Was reading up on the obit of John Hobbs and as one website leads to another for me, I see the mirror at .....
The estimate seems fair. If not a matter of shipping cost for me, I would be seriously tempted.
Good luck ..