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Rare Pair of 18th Century Chippendale Period Mirrors

Rare Pair of 18th Century Chippendale Period Mirrors


circa 1765 - 1775

Early George III Chinese Chippendale rococo period antique mirrors

The top of the frame is surmounted by a pagoda with brick work uprights that support hanging giltwood bells and 'C' scroll supports on a rocky outcrop.

The opposing ho ho birds sit on elongated 'C' scrolls, open fret mouldings, floral foliage and scrolling vines and each mirror contains an 18th century mercury plate with at least one of the mirror frames retaining its original looking glass.

The frame of each mirror sweeps down to broad 'C' scrolls stiff leaf decoration and flanks an acanthus spray and open fret inverted 'C' scrolls. The pair of mirrors are of the finest quality, the carvings is exquisite and the mirror plates are clear with a soft shimmer.

Thomas Chippendale was born in Otley, Yorkshire, 1718 and died in London in 1779.

Chippendale was an only child, born into a family of Yorkshire carpenters. Details of his early career are unknown but in 1748, aged 30, he moved to London where he set up as a cabinet-maker, married and had a large family.

In 1754 he published The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, a pattern book that was to secure his position as one of the most eminent cabinet-makers of the 18th century. Chippendale’s workshop was on St Martins Lane, the newly fashionable centre of the furniture making trade in London. From there he undertook many large-scale furnishing projects for grand houses throughout Britain.


Each mirror has an 18th century looking glass fitted and one of the frames retains its original mercury plate, with both frames being re-gilded.


Height 137.00cm (53.94 inches)

Width 66.00cm (25.98 inches)

Depth 2.00cm (0.79 inches)

Stock No: 11475


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