Looking Glass Maker: Unknown


American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

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.


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


50 11/16 × 24 in. (128.7 × 61 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th–19th century


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 records is ongoing.



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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looking glasses

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