A HIGHLY IMPORTANT GILTWOOD MIRROR TO A DESIGN BY THOMAS JOHNSON

August 4 2009, 5:05pm

English. Circa 1755. The present mirror provides a rare and exciting example of furniture which can be directly related to the renowned designer and carver Thomas Johnson (1714 - c.1778). The mirror is almost identical to a drawing by Johnson which appeared as part of plate 2 in his celebrated and highly influential Collection of Designs. Given the quality of his designs, it is somewhat surprising that, as of yet, no documented pieces firmly attributable to Johnson himself have come to light. Johnson's work represents the most adventurous expression of the Rococo taste by an English designer, conceived as the style was reaching its apogee in England. The present piece belongs to a small and elite group of English rococo mirrors which excel in their interpretation of the style.