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George III giltwood pier mirror
c. 1760 England
Offered by Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd
This charming pier glass embodies the rococo spirit of the mid 18th century with its multiplicity of ornamental detail entwined into the pierced framework of broken curves and foliate scrolls. Rococo period pier glasses were often of significant scale, yet considering the complexity and quantity of carved detail, they retain a particular grace and sense of weightlessness.
The 18th century European passion for all curiosities in the chinoiserie taste, a result of the ever expanding trade routes to the Far East, resulted in skilled craftsmen drawing inspiration from new designs, adapting to the clients taste. The ‘East meets West’ period of great trade, coupled with the exuberance of the short-lived rococo, encouraged talented craftsmen to invent fantastical scenes, often appealing to the romantic whimsy of the public.
Chippendale's contemporary, the carver and gilder Thomas Johnson (b. 1714), was a leader in creating wonderfully ornate designs for mirrors, girandoles, candle stands and console tables. Like Chippendale, Johnson also produced a series of pattern books including, Collection of Designs published between 1756 and 1758, and One Hundred and Fifty New Designs of 1761. His style is characterised by the use of rustic themes, including bucolic figures, animals and birds, from which he often then incorporated oriental motif, primarily the Ho Ho bird or stylised pagoda, as seen on this pier glass.
Private Collection, England
|Height||80.70 inch||(204.98 cm)|
|Width||39.40 inch||(100.08 cm)|