Irish Giltwood Mirror in the Rococo Manner
Irish Giltwood Mirror in the Rococo Manner
Irish Giltwood Mirror in the Rococo Manner
Irish Giltwood Mirror in the Rococo Manner

In the manner of THOMAS JOHNSON (worked from 1800)

Irish Giltwood Mirror in the Rococo Manner

c. 1890 Ireland

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An Irish Looking Glass in the Rococo Manner of Thomas Johnson Probably by Butler of Dublin
Constructed in carved giltwood, the mirror plates housed within a typical exuberant and florid Johnsonian medley of Chinese, naturalistic, symbolic and mythical motifs, with vertical dividing glazing bars; pagodas, a squirrel, a Ho-Ho bid, a dolphin, a cornucopia, vines and foliates co-mingle with icicles, C-scrolls and scallop shells.
Irish, Circa 1890
Thomas Johnson (1714- d. after 1778)

A London based carver, gilder and author of influential design books relating to both mirrors and girandoles; 'Twelve Girandoles' (pub 1755): 'One Hundred and Fifty New Designs' (pub 1758) and 'The Book of the Carver' (pub 1758); the squirrel motif appears in many of these books, and is not to be found in other design books of the period.
Literature; 'Thomas Johnson and the English Rococo' by Helena Hayward pub 1964
The Butler company, established in the second quarter of the 19th century specialised in making copies of fine 18th century furniture, and were noted for their carving work, and latterly post 1900 as furniture dealers.
Height 229.00 cm (90.16 inches)
Width 138.00 cm (54.33 inches)
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giltwood, mirror plates

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