Girandole

Date: 1817

Geography: Possibly made in Albany, New York, United States; Possibly made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Gilded gesso, mirror glass with white pine

Dimensions: H. 54 in. (137.2 cm); Diam. 28 in. (71.1 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick S. Moseley Jr., 1974

Accession Number: 1974.363.1

Description

This girandole mirror and its mate, 1974.363.2, 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.

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