Looking glass

1800–10
Attributed to John Doggett (1780–1857)


Object Place: Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 142

Dimensions

Overall: 210.8 cm (83 in.)

Accession Number

23.254

Medium or Technique

White pine, gilding, original glass

On View

Richard and Mary B. Saltonstall Gallery (Gallery 121B)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Looking glasses and mirrors

This mirror-surmounted by an eagle and supported by a base of carved grapes, leaves, and doves-may have hung in the Oak Hill parlor. An 1809 bill to Elizabeth Derby West from John Doggett, a Roxbury gilder and looking-glass maker, lists an “oval looking glass with carved ornaments @ $110.” In the 1814 inventory, a “large ovil looking glass @ $100” was in the parlor.

Provenance

Part of the furnishings of Oak Hill, built for Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel West; by descent through the Lander and Codman families to Miss. Martha C. Codman; gift of Martha C. Codman for The Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts (Accession Date June 7, 1923)

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts