A Fine Charles II Dressing Table Mirror, Unmarked.

Possibly William Fowle
Circa 1683
27.5" high, 70cm 17.75" wide, 45cm

In two sections, the glass mounted in an oblong frame embossed and chased in the baroque style with profuse scrolling foliage and putti, all with a flower and crossed ribbon pattern border. The detachable pediment with central cherub mask at the top flamked by coiled scrolls and leaves  above swags of flowers and further foliate scrolls, all upon a matted ground.  Each corner with a cast applied leaf and the back with wooden inset and later easel support.


Sotheby's  29th November, 2006 lot 116

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Although unmarked (a reasonably common feature amongst 17th century toilet sets) there is a certain amount of evidence that this mirror could have been made by William Fowle. The Victoria and Albert Museum have a toilet set by him dated 1683 which has similar playful putti amongst scrolling foliage. Furthermore Fowle was apprenticed to Arthur Mannering who was a known maker of such sets. Fowle's working life was sadly very short, he was made free in 1681 and died in 1684. Whoever the maker it seems likely that the mirror was inspired by a portfolio of designs issued by Polifilo Zancarli in London in 1674. The glass is old and possibly original.