A GEORGE II CARVED GILTWOOD MIRROR, CIRCA 1758, AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS JOHNSON
A GEORGE II CARVED GILTWOOD MIRROR, CIRCA 1758, AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS JOHNSON
A GEORGE II CARVED GILTWOOD MIRROR, CIRCA 1758, AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS JOHNSON
A GEORGE II CARVED GILTWOOD MIRROR, CIRCA 1758, AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS JOHNSON
A GEORGE II CARVED GILTWOOD MIRROR, CIRCA 1758, AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS JOHNSON
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Property from an Important Private Collection

A GEORGE II CARVED GILTWOOD MIRROR, CIRCA 1758, AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS JOHNSON

Estimate: 20,000 - 40,000 GBP

Property from an Important Private Collection

A GEORGE II CARVED GILTWOOD MIRROR, CIRCA 1758, AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS JOHNSON

Estimate: 20,000 - 40,000 GBP

Lot Sold:25,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from an Important Private Collection

A GEORGE II CARVED GILTWOOD MIRROR, CIRCA 1758, AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS JOHNSON


with a dragon finial over the carved and pierced Chinoiserie frame, with rocaille scroll apron

approximately 165cm by 91cm overall; 5ft. 5in., 3ft.

Condition Report

In overall good restored condition. The apparently original mirror plate with small losses to silvering as visible in the catalogue image which provide an atmospheric although cloudy reflection. Re-gilt. Very minor chips and losses to carved details and gilded surface. Ready to place.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Acquired from Ronald Phillips Ltd., 2007.

Catalogue Note

The present mirror, conceived in the late George II ‘Rococo’ taste, bears remarkable similarity to a design by Thomas Johnson (1714-1778) first published in 1756 and included in his Collections of Designs, 1758, plate 8. The publication was dedicated to Lord Blakeney, 'Grand President of the Anti-Gallican Association and to the Brethren of the Order' of which Johnson was himself a member. While the Association was founded 'to oppose the insidious arts of the French Nation', it is ironic that Johnson clearly transposes elements from French patterns. Johnson was also a highly skilled carver and gilder, and is known to have supplied mirrors in the early 1760s through the London upholsterer George Cole of Golden Square, Soho, to Paul Methuen at Corsham Court, Wiltshire, and the Duke of Atholl at Blair Castle in the Scottish Highlands.

STYLE: Private Collections
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