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Looking Glass

John Elliott Sr. (1713–1791)
ca. 1775
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
48 x 26 in. (121.9 x 66 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of the American Wing Fund and Max H. Gluck Foundation, Inc. Gift, in honor of Virginia and Leonard Marx, 1990
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 751
The looking glass with frame in the full Rococo taste is one of the rarest of American furniture forms. The label of John Elliott on this example refers to the retailer, not the maker.
Inscription: printed on label: JOHN ELLIOTT, / At his LOOKING-GLASS STORE, / the sign of the Bell and Looking-glass, in Walnut-street, PHILADELPHIA, / IMPORTS and SELLS all sorts of English /Looking-glasses, at the lowest Rates. / He also new Quicksilvers and Frames old Glasses, and supplies People with new Glass to their own Frames. [followed by the same in German]
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