A Rare Rococo-revival gilt wood mirror after a design by Thomas Johnson
English, Circa 1830.
Born in London in 1714 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 1750s he published several books of designs which were widely influential. These books included ‘Twelve Girandoles’ in 1755, ‘The Book of the Carver‘ in 1758 and monthly between 1755 and 1758, ‘One hundred and fifty New Designs’. from which our mirror is illustrated on plate 6 (see attached)
A unique survival in raw unrestored condition.
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Giltwood mirror, carved with scrolls, plants, rocks icicles, architectural motifs and a figure in the Chinoiserie … May be based upon designs by Thomas Johnson.
Mirror Attributed to Thomas Johnson (1714- about 1778) by Helena Hayward England (London) 1758-60. Pier glass, carved and gilded wood. Museum no.
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