This elegant and ornate pier glass, with its mirrored oval frame ornamented with husk pendants, scrolling acanthus and a sacred urn, is designed in the neo-classical manner promoted by the architect Robert Adam in the 1770s and further popularised by Thomas Chippendale Junior's Sketches of Ornament, 1778 (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, vol. II, figs. 28-33 & 281). The mirror also relates closely to the dated designs of John Linnell (1773) and Gillow & Sons (1788). The similarity of these designs fifteen years apart demonstrates the longevity of neo-classical ornament in late eighteenth-century England.
The mirror frame designed by Gillow displays many of the same design motifs to the present mirror and the divided border plates in John Linnell's mirror frame design, although more foliate in its composition, are also found on the present mirror (L. Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs, 1760-1800, London, 1995, pl. 200; H. Hayward, 'The Drawings of John Linnell', Furniture History, vol. V, 1969).
Similar mirrors are illustrated in G. Wills, English Looking-Glasses, 1670-182 (New York, 1965, p. 122, pl. 149) and G. Child, World Mirrors, 1650-1900 (London, 1990, pl. 223).