Pier looking-glass

about 1850–60
Possibly by Doe, Hazelton & Co. (American, active about 1847-1859)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 276.9 x 106.7 x 35.6 cm (109 x 42 x 14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pine with gesso, composition, and gold leaf; marble, glass

On View

The Heide Family Galleries (Gallery 238B)




Looking glasses and mirrors

Tall looking glass surrounded by a carved and gilt rococo-revival style frame, surmounted by a carved and pierced cornice with scrolls and foliage; near the base a serpentine-front marble shelf of grey-veined white marble is supported by two gilt scrolling brackets. Pieces of newspaper adhered to the back are taken from the “Puritan Recorder,” published in Boston from 1848-1859.


From the home of Roswell Gleason, Dorchester, Mass.; by descent in the family to Mary V. Bowker; about 1977, acquired by Louisa Fairbanks; 2010, gift of Jonathan and Louisa Fairbanks to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Jonathan and Louisa Fairbanks in honor of Mary V. Bowker