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Antique George II Chinese Chippendale Giltwood Overmantel Mirror


  • A rare George II Chinese Chippendale Rococo giltwood border glass overmantel mirror with three plates on each side separated by vertical pilasters and flanking the central mirror split plates. The apex with a seated figure of a Chinaman, resting on rocailles above waterfalls.
  • Notable contemporary Chinese Chippendale overmantel mirrors include the Badminton Chinese Bedroom Overmantel by William and John Linnell, sold Christie’s, Doris Duke Sale, 2004
  • This Chinese Chippendale Overmantel dates to the mid 18th Century
  • Height 174.5cm 70 inches Width 114.5cm 44 inches Depth 5 inches


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A stunning antique George II giltwood overmantel mirror, in Thomas Chippendale’s Chinese Rococo style. The frame with oriental chinoiserie inspired ornament including a pagoda housing a Chinaman at the top above rockwork, sprays of foliage and flowers within C and S rococo scrolls. The mirror has three plates on each side separated by vertical pilasters and flanking the central mirror split plates.

Chippendale Designs

Having written his Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director, published in 1754, Thomas Chippendale circulated his designs throughout the country and beyond. The Chippendale style became sought after by the country’s elites. Below, is a design of a rococo mirror from The Director within the Metropolitan Museum’s collection in New York. Here, we can see the similarities between this design and our mirror – the detailed and sculptural carving is particularly impressive.

Chippendale overmantel rococo giltwood mirror

A Mirror, by Thomas Chippendale, in The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director, photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum, NYC


Ossowski, London – Specialist Dealers in English 18th Century Antique Mirrors.

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