A Very Fine Large Carved Giltwood Rococo Mirror, after Thomas Johnson

A Very Fine Large Carved Giltwood Rococo Mirror, after Thomas Johnson

c. 1820 England

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A Very Fine and Large Carved Gilt-wood Rococo Mirror, after Thomas Johnson.
The divided mirror plate has a swan's neck cresting which centres on a finely carved female mask and shell. The sides of the frame are carved with foliate ‘C’ and ‘S’ scrolls, and the pendant features a scene from Aesop’s fables.

Born in London in 1714 Thomas Johnson was a woodworker and carver particularly known for his whimsical mixture of rococo, Chinese, and rustic motifs. He was one of the most successful exponents of the rococo style in England, giving it a vitality not seen in the work of other designers.

In the 1750s he published several books of designs which were widely influential. These books included Twelve Girandoles in 1755 and The Book of the Carver in 1758, One hundred and fifty New Designs.
A notable feature of Johnson’s designs was the inclusion of carved animal figures often based on Francis Barlow's illustrations of Aesop's Fables, first published in 1687.
Height 237.00 cm (93.31 inches)
Width 124.00 cm (48.82 inches)
Depth 22.00 cm (8.66 inches)
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