A very fine George II gilt gesso mirror in the manner of John Belchier. The rounded rectangular bevelled plate within a foliate-carved moulded frame, the cresting centred by feathers and flanked by eagles’ heads on a pounced ground, the apron centred by a cherub mask and wings. The plate original.
John Belchier was a Huguenot immigrant who worked in London as a cabinetmaker between 1687 and 1753. In 1712, he established a workshop at Nottingham Court, Short’s Gardens in the parish of St. Giles in the Fields, London. In 1717, he moved his business to ‘The Sun’ in St. Paul’s Churchyard.
Belchier is one of the few cabinetmakers of the time who affixed labels to some of his furniture, which has led to solid attributions of pieces by Belchier at places including Erddig, Wales, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. At Erddig, Belchier supplied a stunning red japanned bureau bookcase, a group of giltwood mirrors, and an exceptional lit a la duchesse carved in giltwood featuring carved eagle heads and a peacock.