Looking glass

Object Number: 
1911.96
Date: 
1790-1810
Medium: 
Wood, glass, paint, gesso, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 66 x 26 3/4 x 5 in. ( 167.6 x 67.9 x 12.7 cm )
Description: 
Pillar looking glass in gilded double frame; crest consisting of carved and gilded eagle perched on an open triangular base flanked by urns containing stalks of wheat atop indented cornice with 19 gilded balls suspended from underside; verre églomisé upper panel with interlocked cornucopias in almond-shaped frame at center surrounded by lacy border, and verre églomisé applied to face of block beneath either side of cornice; two colonettes at either side with foliate capital, bundled shaft, and turned base applied to background of verre églomisé; molding set between blocks with applied shell ornament at bottom of mirror frame.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this looking glass belonged to James Beekman (1732-1807), great-grandfather of the donor.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Catherine Augusta De Peyster
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group