A George III Giltwood Pier Mirror
In the Manner of Thomas Johnson
An exceptionally detailed design; the superb carved decoration housing a shaped rectangular plate and undulating mirrored borders; the inner frame closely tied to the outer frame and leading the eye around the mirror. The grandiose masterful carving incorporating C-scrolls, flowering branchwork, stylized icicles, acanthus leaves, and distinctive architectural follies and figures which firmly place this mirror within the canon of Johnson’s greatest designs. The confident execution is a great testament to the technical prowess and artistic creativity of one of the greatest carvers and designers of the eighteenth century.
We are grateful to Dr Adam Bowett (Chippendale Society), Jeremy Musson (Country Life), Nuala Canny (Farmleigh House), Kevin Egan (Guinness), & Julius Bryant (Victoria & Albert Museum) for their kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present mirror.