American Decorative Arts
Maker: attributed to: John Doggett, American, 1780–1857

Looking Glass

1802–1825

Eastern white pine, birch, and silvered glass

184.2 x 97.1 cm (72 1/2 x 38 1/4 in.)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1931.316
This looking glass is one of the finest of American manufacture before 1850. The accuracy of the different textures of the eagle’s feathers, the foliage, the scales of the dolphins, as well as the dynamic rendering of the crest and base show the skill of the carvers. The large scale of the crest and the base are designed to suit its monumental size.
Geography: 
Made in Roxbury, Massachusetts
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), n.p., fig. 505.

David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 53, 320–21, no. 180, pl. 15, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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