A 18th century English Rococo chimneypiece

A 18th century English Rococo chimneypiece

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A very good mid-eighteenth century English carved and gilded rococo chimneypiece in the manner of Thomas Johnson. The jambs and frieze composed of finely carved and gilded tenuous rococo leaf scroll work on a plain pale painted background and with statuary marble shaped slips, the whole surmounted by a gilded and moulded shaped shelf. Restorations to gilding and marble slips. Circa 1760.

The simple elegance and restrained rococo style of this particular chimney piece has strong parallels with a chimneypiece with over-mantel from Halswell Park (1), Somerset, attributed to Thomas Johnson (2). Although the present chimneypiece no longer has the over-mantel both chimney-piece surrounds share the same elongated sinuous and elegant ‘C’ scrolls and delicate foliate motifs to the centre of the frieze.  Thomas Johnson (1714 -1778) one of the leading exponents of the Rococo style was known as a carver and furniture designer and during the 1750s published several books of designs- these included The Book of the Carver, 1758 and One Hundred and fifty New Designs  between1755 and 1758.

(1) Country Life, November 21st 1908 p.702. (Halswell Park is now partially destroyed)

(2) Apollo Magazine September 1956 ‘Notes on Furniture, Rococo Mirrors and a Chimney piece by Thomas Johnson’ pp. 83 – 86.

STOCK NUMBER 1620

Measurements
WIDTH: 64 INS (162.5 CMS)
HEIGHT: 53 ½ INS (136 CMS)
INTERIOR WIDTH: 40 INS (101.5 CMS)
INTERIOR HEIGHT: 44 ½ INS (113 CMS)

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