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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 726
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.
Stephen Van Rensselaer IV, Albany, New York, from 1817; Mrs. Frederick Moseley Jr., New York, until 1974