Overmantel Decoration

Overmantel Decoration

c. 1675-1677

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Grinling Gibbons

(British, 1648-1721)


Part 1: 69.3 x 178.4 cm (27 5/16 x 70 1/4 in.); Part 2: 164.5 x 27.3 cm (64 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.); Part 3: 177.8 x 26.7 cm (70 x 10 1/2 in.)

Grace Rainey Rogers Fund 1943.654


Grinling Gibbons was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, of English parents. After training there as an artist, he came to England in the 1660s, and soon began to work as a sculptor, particularly in wood. One of his first large-scale decorative projects was a series of interiors at Cassiobury Park, the residence of the Earl of Essex near London. On the basis of an early 19th-century watercolor, this overmantel has been identified as one of the decorations for the Green Drawing Room of that house.

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