A George II Carved and Gilded Mirror
A quality and important George II carved giltwood mirror, retaining its original gilding and centre plate, the cresting with a pagoda and hanging bells, above floral garlands, rockwork, branches and 'C' scrolls. The apron centred with a upturned vase.
Width: 37" 94 cm
Height: 75" 191 cm
English, circa 1765
This exceptional mirror has survived in a wonderful original state.
The mirror strongly relates to the designs of Matthias Lock. Lock was credited with being one of the first Furniture Designers to understand and successfully interpret the new French rocaille style. He was a accomplished designer and master carver, who had a workshop in London at Nottingham Court, Castle Street, Long Acre.
Lock published many sketches and pattern books from 1740 to 1770 , and for about a decade Lock's Rococo designs, predated those published by Chippendale. It is almost certain that Lock and Chippendale would have known each other and there are stylistic elements in pieces attributable to them, that suggest they worked together.
Lock's style is often associated with strong curvilinear forms and motifs taken from the natural world, all expertly drawn.
After his death Lock's work grew further in popularity due in part to the republishing of many of his works.
His publisher James Cullen promoted his virtues by calling him ' the famous Matt Lock recently deceased who was reputed the finest draftsman that ever was in England'
Many of Lock's designs, including for furniture at Hinton House, Dorset, are preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.
'M.Lock and H. Copland, 'A new book of Ornaments for looking glass frames, chimney pieces all in the Chinese taste Pl 2 and 4.
Pl 2, has strong similarities to the present mirror, with a palm-leaf canopy, entwined tree-like branches and an upturned vase of water in the apron