Luxury Design, Past & Present
An Irish Pier Glass in the Manner of Matthias Lock
Of rectangular portrait form, constructed in gilt wood, flamboyantly, exuberantly and expertly carved; below, a Pan mask, symbolising the joys of a bucolic life: and atop, a large scallop shell, emblematic of birth and unity, having the asymmetric frame adorned with scrolling foliage, enclosing a mercury plate glass.
Irish, Circa 1750 and later
'Irish Furniture' published by the Yale University Press on 2007, by The Knight of Glin and James Peill, illustrates similar carved mirror frames on pp 80 (plates 98 & 99) and pp 260 (plate 221). Matthias Lock's 'Six Sconces', published in 1744, the very first pattern book of Rococo designs; strong concordances showing the influence of Lock can be seen, especially on Plate 3 of this revolutionary work.