Width: 27 ½” 70cm
The inclusion of a carved swan at the bottom of this mirror and the double ‘C’ scroll balustrade at the top suggest the work of Thomas Johnson, possibly the most successful mid eighteenth century mirror designer and carver, whose designs included both these features.
No drawing has been found for this mirror but bearing in mind the quality of the work and the success of the design, Thomas Johnson’s authorship should certainly not be discounted even if it cannot be proved. Interestingly, in searching our reference library for comparable mirrors, it became apparent that when we found either of the motifs mentioned it was on mirrors of a very high standard.
Earl of Feversham, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
By descent to Lady Clarissa Collin, daughter of the Earl of Feversham