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The mirror glass is an 18th Century replacement, the original painted decoration with some retouching and some restorations to the carving.
The lightness of the design and the quality of the carving relate to a drawing by Thomas Johnson, published in 1758. Fountains with a triple cascade of water are characteristic of Johnson’s work.
Made in the Rococo or ‘Late Baroque’ style; an 18th Century artistic approach, which developed in the early 18th Century in Paris as a reaction against the grandeur, symmetry, and strict regulations of the Baroque. Rococo artists and architects had a playful, jovial, elaborate, and graceful approach to design, using an ornate style, light colours, asymmetrical designs and curves. The interior design and decoration of Rococo rooms was as a total work of art with elegant and ornate furniture and ornamental mirrors.
Thomas Johnson (1714-1778): Thomas Johnson was a carver and a gilder, who first published his designs in the publication ‘Twelve Girandoles’ which appeared in 1755. Despite being a slim volume, it served to introduce his work to a wider audience. This was followed by a series of 53 designs published between 1756 and 1757. Johnson was a carver rather than a cabinet-maker, and, as a result, his designs have been seen as far more inventive than those of his contemporary cabinet-makers – such as Chippendale; and Mayhew and Ince. Thomas Johnson played with forms and motifs, experimenting with the design of wall lights, girandoles and console tables. His engravings were frequently so intricate that they could not be completed. As a result, it is feasible that they may have been used as a tool to promote his inventiveness, rather than for practical purposes. In the early 1760s Johnson is known to have supplied mirrors 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.
|Height||142.00 cm||(55.91 inches)|
|Width||71.00 cm||(27.95 inches)|
|Depth||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|
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