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A Fine Ebonised and Boulle Inlaid Overmantel Mirror

FRANCE, Circa 1860

REF No. B70180

dimensions

Height :182 cm | 71⁵/₈ in
Width :153 cm | 60¹/₄ in
Depth :7 cm | 2³/₄ in

description

A Fine Ebonised and Boulle Inlaid Overmantel Mirror With Sèvres-Style Porcelain Plaques.

This impressive mirror has an arched rectangular plate set within a tortoiseshell and brass inlaid boulle frame with Sèvres-Style Porcelain plaques and gilt bronze mounts.  

The reverse of the mirror bearing a trade label for James A Butti, 7 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

James Alexander Butti was a ‘Fine Art Collector and Dealer in Articles of Virtu’ as well as a carver and gilder. He operated from 7, Queen Street, Edinburgh in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His father, Louis Joseph Butti, had co-owned a similar carving and gilding business called ‘Zenone and Butti’ which dissolved in 1824. In 1861, James Butti was charged with ‘exhibiting indecent stereoscopic views for sale’ and subsequently dismissed with an admonition. In 1884, there was an explosion in his shop in Queen Street: his son Louis, who was fond of shooting, was loading cartridges when he accidently fired his gun. He was injured and was promptly taken to the Royal Infirmary. Amongst James’s most important clients was General Augustus Pitt Rivers who founded the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford in 1884.

Another important item which was retailed by James Butti is mentioned in Christopher Payne’s European Furniture of the 19th Century (2013), p. 95 (Louis XV Bureau de Dame, bottom left).

French, Circa 1860.

A Fine Ebonised and Boulle Inlaid Overmantel Mirror







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