The 'picturesque' Roman-medallion pier-glasses with airy golden frames executed in French-fashioned 'carton pierre' are likely to have been designed en suite with the abundantly flowered pier-tables (see previous lot). Their 'Pan' reed-gadrooned frames are wreathed by water-dripping and reed-scrolled pilasters, whose rustic arched pediments are crowned with flower-baskets evoking Arcadian festivities. Such furniture, appropriate for the pier of a garden salon, is likely to have formed part of the aggrandisement of Stoke Place, Buckinghamshire carried out by Field Marshal Sir George Howard following his purchase of the mansion in 1764 with the assistance of the fashionable architect Stiff Leadbetter (d. 1766). A related 'Oval Glass Frame' pattern, with reed-gadrooned border, and another crowned by a basket, were published in W. Ince and J. Mayhew's, Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762 (pls. 78 and 79). Their patterns also relate to those previously issued by Thomas Johnson, whose Collection of Designs, 1758 was dedicated to the Grand President of the Anti-Gallican Society. The latter had been founded in 1745 to 'oppose the insidious arts of the French Nation', which would have included the manufacture of such papier-mâché or carton pierre to the detriment of the carver's profession.