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George III Chippendale Mirror

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Grand in size and artistry, this Georgian giltwood mirror is a Rococo tour-de-force

Key Features

  • This extraordinary George III mirror takes its inspiration from the works of Thomas Chippendale
  • Crafted of luxurious giltwood, this exuberant looking glass boasts flourishing Rococo elements
  • This mirror is also extraordinary in that it features the original glass
  • Circa 1820
  • 54 ½" wide x 87" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    54 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    87 Inches
 Commanding in size and artistry, this rare George III-period giltwood mirror is considered one of the finest Georgian mirrors ever created. Exhibiting the innovative Rococo designs of legendary English cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, this outstanding looking glass is a tour-de-force of the Chinoiserie style, arranging gracefully executed elements such as flames, columns and acanthus to an exciting effect. Highly prized as a stunning example of Chippendale's singular genius, this mirror's superior quality and superb condition distinguish it among all others. A similar piece is illustrated on plate CLXIX in Chippendale's The Gentleman's and Cabinet Maker's Director, 3rd ed.

Circa 1820

54 ½" wide x 87" 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 world's best-known and respected furniture makers to ever live.

References:
The Gentleman & Cabinet Maker's Director, 1966, Thomas Chippendale

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