Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1800–1810
45 x 25 1/2 in.
Mirror glass; gilding
Sack catalogue description: Classical gilt convex mirror, circular molded frame with leaf-carved inner border and gilded balls, finely sculptured eagle perched on rocks with a single gilded ball suspended on a chain from his beak, flanked by dolphins; four scrolled gilt wood brackets supporting candle sockets, descended in the Brooks family of Cambridge, Massachusetts. A close affinity is apparent between this mirror and record P3617, also illustrated in American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection: both have virtually identical sculptured eagles apparently by the same hand, and related leaf-carved mirror frames; the closeness of their dimensions and the fact that the eagles face each other makes them ideal for use as a pair. The mirrors bear a close resemblance to the great convex mirror in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated in The M. and M. Karolik Collection, pl. 141. Related objects: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 4, p. 909, pl. P3617. Book: Edwin J. Hipkiss, Eighteenth-Century American Arts: The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, Furniture &c. from 1720 to 1820 (Cambridge, Mass.: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1950), pl. 141. Website: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/looking-glass-44830 (accessed February 6, 2014). ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 4, p. 909, pl. P3616. ----- YUAG catalogue note: The related convex mirror in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is object 39.64.
Classical gilt convex girandole mirror
Decoration and ornament -- Neoclassical style Furniture -- United States
girandole mirrors (AAT) looking glasses (AAT)
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New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
Sack, November 1972 This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.