10663 – Pair of Early 19th Century Irish mirrors by Samuel Jennings

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A rare pair of 19th Century giltwood and glass, Irish, oval shaped mirrors. The borders of midnight blue buttons with old glass and gilded alternatives. Original gilding with a makers label dating from the 1830’s.

Samuel Jennings (c.1798-1885) was born at Trell in Somerset in about 1798, the son of William Jennings. He married three times, firstly to Hannah probably before 1822 (she died in 1856, see The Times 21 May 1856), secondly to Elizabeth Jane Bland, a widow, in 1856, and thirdly to Hannah Holme, a widow, in 1870. Jennings was in London trading as a carver and gilder, probably by 1824, as his later trade label claimed. His second son, Samuel, was born in 1827. He took out insurance on 8 Goswell St in 1837 and 1838, as carver, gilder, picture and looking glass framemaker and dealer in pictures and looking glasses (London Metropolitan Archives, Sun Fire Office policy registers, 558/1283076, 1283078 & 1263149, 559/1256532). He was also a customer of the composition ornament maker, George Jackson & Sons (qv), 1837-41 (see Jackson account book, V&A Archive of Art and Design, AAD/2012/1/2/3).  
Height

36 inches

Width

29.5 inches

Depth

2.5 inches


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