This mirror was once the centrepiece of the Duchess of Buckingham's chinoiserie toliet-service. It would appear to have become separated from the service by the Stowe sale in 1848. The sale catalogue lists a service of some 30 pieces which were sold Stowe House, Christie's House-sale, 15 August - 25 September 1848, lots 613-630 'TOILETTE PLATE, engraved with Chinese subjects'. A bowl made later by David Willaume in 1737, to extend the service, was sold Christie's London, 13 July 1994, lot 109.
The maker of this mirror, William Fowle, is best known for the Calverley toilet-service of 1683-4, with cast plaques rather than chinoiserie decoration, which is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. A second similar service by him, of the same year was in the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan (Christie's New York, 26 October 1982, lot 40) and is now in the Al Tajir collection. A chinoiserie service, the Normanton toilet service also by William Fowle and again 1683-4 is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (C. Dauterman 'Dream Pictures of Cathay', Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, New York, Summer, 1964). Various other chinoiserie decorated pieces by William Fowle appear to date almost entirely from 1683-4. The identification of this maker and his work is discussed by David Mitchell in 'Dressing Plate by the "unknown" London silversmith "WF"', The Burlington Magazine, June, 1993 pp. 386-400.