The offered lot relates stylistically to mirrors designed by Thomas Johnson in the mid-18th century. The cresting carved with scrolls and foliage and flanked by Ho-Ho birds, with the carved animals below and similar foliate and scroll carving to the apron are inspired by his most elaborate designs seen published in his `Collection of Designs' of 1758 and in particular to plate 4 of the 1758 designs and plate 22 of his later designs published in 1761 but which were rarely executed in such an elaborate way during those periods.
These rococo designs gradually fell from favour being superseded by the fashionable neo-classical style from around 1765 onwards. Around 1820 saw a revival of interest in the rococo in which King George IV was to play an important role and which can be seen in his extensive re-modelling of Windsor Castle and in other royal residences around this period. The style was particularly fashionable for drawing rooms. The present lot, with its over-elaborate carved detail and ornament is a typical interpretation of the rococo style of this period. The style gained further impetus with John Weale's re-publication of designs by Lock, Johnson and Chippendale between 1833 and 1858.
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