The design of this mirror combining picturesque and Oriental elements was promoted by Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director (1754-1763), and is typical of the work executed during this period by the celebrated Mayfair cabinet-makers Messers. William and John Linnell of Berkeley Square. The Chinese figure within a triumphal arch, combined with the use of branch-wrapped uprights is typical of the work of the Linnell workshop.
Although Chippendale cast influence over the design of the work of the Linnells and other mid-eighteenth century makers, much of the inspiration for the ornament would have been drawn from the engravings by French artisans such as Jean Bérain, Daniel Marot, Nicholas Pineau and Juste-Aurele Meissonier. These designs were openly available to English craftsmen and artists at the St. Martin's Lane Academy and other London drawing schools.