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Looking Glass

Date:
1770–1800
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany veneer, gilt gesso, pine
Dimensions:
45 x 20 1/2 in. (114.3 x 52.1 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Sansbury-Mills Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
52.86
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 723
While the oval shape of this looking glass hints at the Neoclassical style, introduced into the United States by 1790, the frame, featuring a phoenix-like finial, pierced openwork, and carved-and-gilded S-scrolls, indicates the retention of the Rococo aesthetic that was popular prior to the American Revolution.
descended in the Courtelyou family, Staten Island, New York; Israel Sack Inc., New York, until 1952
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