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The design for this pair of mirrors is derived from plate CLXXVIII in the third edition of ‘The Gentleman & Cabinet Maker’s Director’ by Thomas Chippendale. The first edition of the 'Director' was published on 23rd March 1754, as 'The Gentleman & Cabinet Maker's Director' and immediately became an important reference work not only for Cabinet makers, but as a style guide for the fashion conscious who embraced the new style of the Rococo and the exoticism of the ‘chinoiserie’ and ‘gothik’.
In London throughout the 1740's and 1750’s there developed a great enthusiasm for the lightness and whimsical playfulness of the Rococo Style and it rapidly became the height of fashion, popularised and disseminated throughout the country by cabinetmakers’ 'Books of Prices', and 'Directories', such as that by Thomas Chippendale. The fact that Chippendale's name is now synonymous with this period of furniture history is a testimony to the success of the 'Director' as both a practical manual and as an important guide to ‘genteel’ taste of the period.
The middle of the Nineteenth Century was to see a revival of the Rococo style in England and many designers and furniture makers turned once again to Chippendale’s ‘Director’ for inspiration with fine examples based on modified designs or specific plates, in the ‘Director’, produced. The asymmetrical design of this pair creates a sense of fluidity and lightness, employing ‘contraste’ in the placing or absence of elements, to create a stylised form, which through the dynamic tension of its constituent parts instils the mirrors with a sense of vitality and playfulness.
Coleridge, Anthony (1973), Chippendale Furniture, The Collectors Book Club, Cirencester.
|Height||165.00 cm||(64.96 inches)|
|Width||101.00 cm||(39.76 inches)|