The Campsea Ashe Gesso Mirror Attributed to James Moore

Height: 51" 129.5cm
Width: 30½ " 77.5cm
Origination: English
Circa: 1720

The shaped and beveled mirror plates are framed by a finely carved gesso border. Above, is a swan neck pediment flanking a central cartouche which is surmounted by stylised leaves. Below, is a scrolling apron, carved with trailing foliage and with brass candle-arms.

Viscount Ullswater, Campsea Ashe High House, Campsea Ashe, Suffolk.
Sir James & Lady Horlick, Achamore House, The Isle of Gigha, Scotland.

The decoration to the cresting of these mirrors, in particular the flowering tendrils, relate to a pair of mirrors which were sold at Sotheby’s New York, 22 January, 1999, Lot 212, which were attributed to James Moore (c 1670-1726).

Recorded as a cabinet maker at Nottingham Court, Short’s Gardens, St Giles in the Field, he was in partnership with John Gumley and was Royal cabinet-maker to George I and George II, supplying gilt pier glasses, tables, torcheres and other items to the Royal palaces. He was also commissioned by Ralph, 1st Duke of Montagu and Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough for the supply of items at Blenheim where he succeeded Vanbrugh as the Comptroller of Works.

Campsea Ashe High House was rebuilt in the 19th Century by Anthony Salvin for the Hon William Lowther, younger brother of the 3rd Earl of Lonsdale. The house was designed to retain many of the original Georgian features. Lowther’s son, James William, was speaker of the House of Commons from 1905 until 1921 at which point he became Viscount Ullswater.

LGG Ramsay, ‘Chinoiserie in the Western Isles, The Collection of Sir James and
Lady Horlick’, The Connoisseur, June 1985, p.3, fig 3

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