A George II style giltwood side table, second quarter 19th centuryIn the style of Thomas Johnson,
Lot 61
A George II style giltwood side table, second quarter 19th centuryIn the style of Thomas Johnson,
Sold for £11,250 (US$ 17,604) inc. premium

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A George II style giltwood side table, second quarter 19th century
In the style of Thomas Johnson,
The later moulded white marble top, above a frieze carved and pierced with scrolls, rocailles and chimeras, on four carved cabriole legs embellished with foliate scrolls and cabochons, the front two headed by a male Chinese head and a female European head, marble cracked, 149cm wide x 75cm deep x 93.5cm high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Allerton Park, Yorkshire

    Thomas Johnson (1714 - 1778) was born in London and by the late 1740s he had developed his skills to such a high level as an ornamental carver of wood that he became known as Thomas Johnson, Carver.

    In the 1750s he began drawing highly ornate rococo, Chinoiserie and rustic inspired designs and in 1755 (just a year after Thomas Chippendale had published his seminal work "The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director") a pamplet of designs called "Twelve Girandoles" was published. The designs were enthusiastically received and during the following few years he frequently published new designs which were brought together in a book called "Collections of Designs" in 1758. His output of designs continued as his popularity increased and in 1760 "A New Book of Ornaments" was published.

    All of Johnson's designs are highly elaborate and whimsical incorporating ornamental features such as the Chinaman's head seen on this typically Johnson inspired piece of furniture.
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