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$ 88,000

A Pair of Giltwood Pier Mirrors

Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials Giltwood
W. 28.5 in; H. 74 in;
W. 72.39 cm; H. 187.96 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date Circa 1890's
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description In the manner of Thomas Johnson (born 1714). Each divided mirrored plate enclosed by a foliate-carved surround incorporating rock work and columns; the pagoda and lattice crest centering a seated Chinese figure. Possibly by Butler of Dublin, specialized makers of copies of fine 18th century furniture.

Born in London, 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 1750's 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.
Styles / Movements Traditional
200 Lex Booth Number 54
Dealer Reference Number 8427-284
Incollect Reference Number 273099
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