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American Decorative Arts

Looking Glass


Spruce, Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), and eastern white pine

50 11/16 × 24 in. (128.7 × 61 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
This looking glass was created by combining the elements from three different designs from George Hepplewhite’s Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide (1788). The frame is reduced, compared to earlier glasses, to a very narrow molding. The crest and base are visually separated and conceived and executed as openwork designs. The surfaces are entirely gilded.
Possibly made in United States
On view
English or American
18th–19th century

Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


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), 51, 318–19, no. 178, pl. 13, ill.

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