This girandole mirror and its mate (1974.363.1) were made for the Albany townhouse of Stephen Van Rensselaer IV (1786–1868). Popular during the Federal period, girandole mirrors were often surmounted by eagle finials. Their name derives from the candle arms that extend from the frame, allowing the candlelight to reflect off the convex mirror and illuminate an entire room.
Stephen Van Rensselaer IV, Albany, New York, from 1817; Mrs. Frederick Moseley Jr., New York, until 1974
Artist: Possibly from the Workshop of Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854)Date: 1835–45Medium: Mahogany, mahogany veneer, gilt brass, mirror glass, marble, ivory with white pine, mahogany, yellow poplarAccession: 1983.225On view in:Gallery 738