Provenance & Patina: Important English Furniture from a West Coast Collection

Provenance & Patina: Important English Furniture from a West Coast Collection

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A George III Carved and Giltwood Overmantel Mirror, Circa 1765

Auction Closed

June 18, 08:33 PM GMT

Estimate

20,000 - 30,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

the pierced frame carved with leaves, flowers rock work and scrolls, surmounted by a pierced basket similarly carved with flowers and leaves, the mirror plate apparently original


height 39 ⅜ in.; width 52 in.

100 cm; 132.1 cm

Rolleston, London

This exquisitely carved overmantel mirror is closely based on designs by the London woodcarver, engraver and furniture maker Thomas Johnson, first published in 1758 and subsequently in 1761 as plate 32 of the volume One Hundred and Fifty New Designs where the shaped oval plate and attenuated supports can be seen and the designs of the peripheral carving with bold rococo designs and intertwined foliage closely follow plate 32 of the later publication (see E. White, Pictorial Dictionary of British 18th century Furniture Designs, Woodbridge, 1990, pp.333 and 334).

Johnson (1714-1778) was one of the leading proponents of the French-inspired Rococo taste in English decorative arts during the 1750s along with Matthias Lock and Thomas Chippendale, though his work was generally more asymmetrical and fanciful with a greater range of decorative motifs, described by the renowned furniture historian Helen Hayward as ‘the most vigorous and mature expression’ of the rococo style in English furniture.

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