Looking glass

about 1800


Object Place: Probably Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 141

Dimensions

Overall (Diameter of frame): 74.3 cm (29 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

39.64

Medium or Technique

Gilded white pine, convex glass, glass

On View

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

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Looking glasses and mirrors

According to British designer Thomas Sheraton, a girandole mirror was “a circular convex glass in a gilt frame” that reflected rays of light to produce “an agreeable effect.” This girandole is surmounted by an eagle and mythological dolphins and, like most examples, is fitted with sconces on either side of the glass.

Provenance

"The M. and M. Karolik Collection of 18th century American Arts"

Credit Line

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