AN EARLY GEORGE III GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR
AN EARLY GEORGE III GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR
AN EARLY GEORGE III GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR
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AN EARLY GEORGE III GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR

CIRCA 1760, IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS JOHNSON

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AN EARLY GEORGE III GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR
CIRCA 1760, IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS JOHNSON
The replaced rectangular divided plate within a pilaster and rockwork-carved frame flanked by pierced foliate and C-scroll trails, surmounted by a pierced C-scroll and foliate crest, re-gilt, restorations and replacements to carving, the back inscribed 'Lord St Aldwins' in pencil
88 x 33 in. (223.5 x 84 cm.)
Provenance
Probably Sir Howe Hicks, 6th Baronet (d.1801).
Thence by descent at Williamstrip Park, Gloucestershire to the Earls St Aldwyn (according to pencil inscription), Williamstrip House, Gloucestershire and by descent.
Property of a Nobleman; sold Christie's, South Kensington, 22 April 2008, lot 622.
Acquired from Edward Hurst, July 2009.
Literature
R. Guilding, ‘Jasper Wares’, World of Interiors, April 2021, illustrated p. 160.
Special notice

Specified lots (sold and unsold) marked with a filled square not collected from Christie’s, 8 King Street, London SW1Y 6QT by 5.00pm on the day of the sale will, at our option, be removed to Crozier Park Royal (details below). Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent offsite. If the lot is transferred to Crozier Park Royal, it will be available for collection on the third business day after the sale. Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Crozier Park Royal. All collections from Crozier Park Royal will be by pre-booked appointment only. Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060 Email: cscollectionsuk@christies.com. If the lot remains at Christie’s, 8 King Street, it will be available for collection on any working day (not weekends) from 9.00am to 5.00pm

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Lot Essay


This mirror was formerly at Williamstrip Park, Gloucestershire the seat of the Hicks Beach family, later Earls St. Aldwyn from the late eighteenth century to the early twenty-first century.

This superbly proportioned pier glass is designed in the picturesque rococo taste that became highly fashionable during the mid-18th century in England as well as the rest of Europe. The naturalistic style bore huge influence on contemporary furniture production and a number of furniture-makers and carvers of the period including Matthias Lock (d. 1765), Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779), Thomas Johnson (d. 1779) and John Linnell (d. 1796) adopted this style.

This mirror is particularly closely related to the work of the Grafton Street carver Thomas Johnson (1714-c. 1779). Johnson, who traded from various addresses in Soho, published his designs in the late 1750s. The particularly delicate carving of this mirror takes elements from the first plate from his ‘Collections of Designs' (1758) including the scrolled sides with floral trails and rusticated pilasters which combined together display Johnson’s fondness for the beauty of nature. A comparable single-plate mirror, with typical Johnson addition of a ram to the pierced apron was sold from the Collection of Mr and Mrs David Ker, Christie's, South Kensington, 5 November 2015, lot 150 (£31,250, including premium).

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