2Covet are pleased to present this months Editor’s Pick, this incredible Giltwood Pier Mirror In The Manner of Thomas Chippendale from the 2Covet Dealer, Reepham Antiques. This month’s theme is ‘Art, Antiques and Sustainable Shopping’ and to highlight the unparalleled craftsmanship, quality materials and grand designs that come with buying an antique, 2Covet have chosen the Giltwood Pier Mirror, as it represents the antithesis of flat-pack fast-furniture.
This exceptional mid-18th Century, divided plate pier mirror, in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, showcases a debonair giltwood frame, profusely carved with rocailles. Surrounded by ornate rococo elements, the mirror is surmounted by a central ho-ho bird and was crafted in England, circa 1760. The grandeur and artistry of this extraordinary mirror is near impossible to replicate in todays society, centred of meteoric manufacturing targeting an audience of mass consumers.
Thomas Chippendale is renowned for the congruous synthesis of Rococo, Gothic and Chinese design in his early pieces. Bringing together gothic style pointed arches, toned down flamboyancy from French Rococo and oriental style Chinese lacquer, Chippendale understood the bilateral compromise between design and practicality. Antiques can vary quite vastly in this balance between style and functionality, but it is this consideration alongside the enduring workmanship that means beautiful pieces like the Giltwood Pier Mirror are standing the test of time 250 years later.
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