A pair of giltwood and Adnet marble console tables and pier mirrors, Northern Italian, Turin, circa 1755 The mirror with a moulded cornice and cartouche with an inset painted panel of figures in a landscape, the cartouche frame carved with scrolling foliage and rocaille decoration surmounted by pierced and carved floral vase and garland, the mirror panel below within a multi layered moulded frame carved with repeating detail. The corners carved with further scroll work and with a floral spray to the center. The console table with an shaped marble top with moulded edge above a pierced and carved frieze with trellis ground and scrolling floral decoration, double C scroll cabriole legs tied by a stretcher with scroll carved cartouche.
These tables and mirrors were almost certainly bought in Italy by the Earl Bishop when he was appointed British Minister in Turin (1755-8) The elegant and finely carved giltwood console tables and pier mirrors are consistent with other mid-18th Turinese pieces. The high-hipped legs carved with rocaille relates them to examples in the Palazzo Reale, Turin. There is a similar pair in the Ickworth collection NT850066 which also were almost certainly bought in Turin by the Earl Bishop. See Viale, Mostra del Palazzo Piemontese, Vol 3, pl.60, fig. b and pl.66, fig.b.) (James Weedon 2017)
Viale, Mostra del Palazzo Piemontese, Vol 3, pl.60, fig. b and pl.66, fig.b