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George II Giltwood Mirror Chippendale-Style

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This George II-period mirror is an incredible example of Thomas Chippendale's influence

Key Features

  • Thomas Chippendale's unquestionable design genius is apparent in this George II mirror
  • Chinoiserie elements, acanthus details and Rococo flourishes distinguish this mirror's design
  • Chippendale was both a cabinetmaker as well as a furniture and interior designer
  • He is the first non-royal to have an entire style bear his name
  • Circa 1750
  • 31" wide x 55" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    31 Inches
  • Height:
    55 Inches
  • Period:
    GeoII
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
Stunning in size and artistry, this rare George II-period giltwood mirror is among the finest Georgian mirrors today. Exhibiting the innovative Rococo designs of legendary English cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, this outstanding looking glass is a tour-de-force of his unmistakable style, arranging gracefully executed elements such as an arched s-curve crest, acanthus details and Chinoiserie elements. A brilliant example of Chippendale's design genius, this mirror's fabulous quality and condition distinguish it as one of the few and finest on the market.  

  Circa 1750  

  31" wide x 55" high  

  The name of Thomas Chippendale is most closely associated with English Rococo-style furniture. More than a simple cabinetmaker, he was an innovator and visionary. His name has become synonymous with a distinguishable style not because the furniture was made by him or his factory, but because of his foresight in publishing his incredible designs. In 1754, he published the first of three editions of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, the first catalogue of furniture design. This catalogue allowed wealthy patrons to pick out particular elements for their furniture and to have it custom made for them by the Chippendale workshop. The Chippendale style reflected many elements of the Rococo, Chinese (called Chinoiserie), Gothic and, later, the Neoclassical styles. So popular were the designs with the wealthy class of the mid-18th century that soon other furniture makers were using The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director as a pattern book for their own shops. This book is probably the major reason he is one of the worlds best-known and respected furniture makers to ever live.  

  References:
The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, Christopher Gilbert, pages 169 and 178
The Gentleman & Cabinet Maker's Director, 1966, Thomas Chippendale

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