Looking glass

Published/Created:
Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1800–1810
Physical Description:
43 x 25 1/2 in.
Materials:
Mirror glass; gilding
Notes:
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 drapery chains in his beak; four scrolled gilt wood brackets supporting candle sockets, descended in the Gray family of Boston, Massachusetts. A close affinity is apparent between this mirror and record P3616, 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.
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Related objects: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 4, p. 909, pl. P3616. 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. P3617.
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YUAG catalogue note: The related convex mirror in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is object 39.64.
Variant Titles:
Classical gilt convex girandole mirror
Topics:
Decoration and ornament -- Neoclassical style
Furniture -- United States
Period/Style:
Federal
Neoclassical
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
3617
Genre:
girandole mirrors (AAT)
looking glasses (AAT)
Format:
Image
Physical Object
Content Type:
Furnishings & Decorative Arts
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement
Access Restrictions:
Public
Source Title:
Israel Sack, Inc., Archive
Source Created:
New York, New York, United States
1957–1990
Source Note:
Sack, November 1972
This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.
Folder:
Folder 9923 cab1dr2 tiff
Yale Collection:
Yale University Art Gallery
Digital Collection:
Israel Sack Furniture Archive
OID:
10981557
PID:
digcoll:845868