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Looking glass

Object Number: 
1951.424a
Date: 
1770-1800
Medium: 
Wood, glass, gesso, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall (approx.): 47 x 27 x 7 in. (119.4 x 68.6 x 17.8 cm)
Description: 
Oval Chippendale looking glass in gilded frame; crestpiece with floral stalks and a boat-shaped base with pendant vines at each end that descend halfway down on each side; central oval mirror plate separated from eight surrounding sections by beaded molding, with the whole enclosed in a gadrooned oval frame; two-branch candelabrum with glass prisms attached to frame at base.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this is one of a pair of looking glasses from the Beekman mansion at First Avenue and 51st Street in New York City.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Scribner Schieffelin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group