Looking Glass

Date: 1800–1820

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Gilt gesso, pine, wire, eglomise tablet

Dimensions: 51 x 25 in. (129.5 x 63.5 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950

Accession Number: 50.145.358


This early nineteenth-century looking glass from New York City is surmounted by a bald eagle. The work is characterized by the Neoclassical style popular at the time, with the eagle serving as a appropriate symbol from both antiquity and Federal America.