A FINE CARVED AND PAINTED MIRROR FROM THE STATE BEDROOM, TEMPLE NEWSAM HOUSE

August 4 2009, 5:02pm

English. Circa 1720. This magnificent mirror previously formed part of the decoration of the State Bedroom at Temple Newsam house in Yorkshire. Temple Newsam is regarded as one of the most celebrated historic houses in England due, in part, to the survival of the early seventeenth-century building, but also to the magnificent collection of furniture belonging to Leeds City Art Galleries which is now housed there. This particular mirror also demonstrates the rising influence of the Palladian style of classicism in England in the first three decades of the eighteenth century. Based on a fascination with the work of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio amongst a select group of English cognoscenti, such as Lord Burlington and the architect William Kent, Palladianism employed a range of classical forms to achieve a lavish yet restrained decorative effect.