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B4437 Pair of Early George III Giltwood Mirrors
the shaped rectangular plates contained within pierced frames carved with rococo scrollwork and each carved at the base with a motif of a hammer and a pair of pliers, one signed T. I. Smith, and dated 1762. Thomas Johnson, rococo carver and designer, reports travelling with a fellow carver, Mr. Smith, in the late 1740s, who soon after set up business in William Street in Dublin where he had nine journeymen working under him in his workshop. The visible signature and workman's tools used as decorative motifs suggest that the signed mirror might have been made as some sort of advertisement and it is possible that the second mirror is a little later in date than the signed example and made to go with it.
Price: £ 6,500
Width: 48cm / 18.75''
Height: 90cm / 35.25''