NOTES ON THE ARTWORK
This design for a chimney-piece with a cherub is one of Gibbons’s most elegant compositions. The fire surround would have been in carved stone or marble and the cherub probably in limewood; the glass or porcelain vases would have been real examples and the drapery would probably have been trompe l’oeil carving, again in limewood. The baroque recorder in the trophy is accurately drawn, with the correct number of fingerholes and the bottom one properly displaced.
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