154 Kensington Church Street London W8 4BN England
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$ 61,577

English Hand-Painted Fireplace Mantel in the Neoclassical Style

Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials Gilt, Paint, Wood
W. 71.5 in; H. 60 in; D. 6.5 in;
W. 181.61 cm; H. 152.4 cm; D. 16.51 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date circa 1880
Description A rare and highly decorative chimney piece in the manner of George Brookshaw

The frame carved part gilded and polychrome decorated, with the inverted breakfront top shelf having a running carved foliate decoration; the frieze having to the centre a rectangular Neo-classical copper panel, painted in the manner of Angelica Kauffman of Apollo and his Muses, and being flanked by further panels of bouquets of ribband tied roses, and, to the extremes, panels of classical females allegories of Comedy and Drama; the vertical uprights painted with panels of climbing flower wreaths.

Literature: George Brookshaw (circa 1751-1823)
A London cabinet-maker specializing in painted furniture, mostly in muted pastel colors, with Neo-classical counterpoints; working from his premises at 48 Great Marlborough Street, Regent Street, his trade card describes himself as ‘Peintre-Ebeniste par Extraordinaire’. He was employed in the interior decoration of Carlton House by Henry Holland at the behest of the Prince of Wales. Brookshaw also published drawing manuals on fruit, flowers and birds.

In the manner of George Brookshaw (circa 1751-1823).
Styles / Movements Neoclassical
Dealer Reference Number 7844
Incollect Reference Number 247099
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