Looking glass

about 1807–10


Object Place: Boston area, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 218

Dimensions

Overall: 61.6 x 39.4 x 4.9 cm (24 1/4 x 15 1/2 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

61.604

Medium or Technique

Maple, bird's-eye maple, mahogany, dyed wood, pine

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Looking glasses and mirrors

A small tabernacle looking glass with a molded base and flat pilasters at the side. The various woods of the decorative scheme are used for the pilasters, which have basal plinths and stilt blocks above the pilasters of mahogany, and the frieze has dark maple stiles inlaid with paterae in lighter maple, which flank the central wide panel of bird’s-eye maple, inlaid with a patera and black drapery festoons. The cornice is molded and has a band of maple and black dentils at its middle course.

Inscription

The pine back is sealed with a Boston newspaper dated July 20, 1807, and July 2, and July 4.
In pencil on the back of the frame: "1809 1807"

Provenance

Early history unknown; 1961, H.J. Klasky, 26 Union Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts; 1961, purchased for $350 by Museum (Accession Date June 7, 1961)

Credit Line

Decorative Arts Special Fund