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American Decorative Arts

Looking glass


Scots pine (applied carvings, braces), mahogany veneer; spruce (crest and bottom boards, frame members, backboard)

49 1/4 × 26 in. (125.1 × 66 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in England
18th century

This looking glass was owned by the antiques dealer and collector Morris Berry of Plainville, Conn. It apparently was purchased at an auction of Berry's collection in 1928 by the dealer C. Edward Snyder of Baltimore. Garvan purchased the looking glass from Snyder on January 12, 1929 (Berry 1928, no. 23; Snyder file, FPG-Y). Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Anderson Galleries, New York, Eighteenth Century American Furniture Sold By Order of Morris Berry, Plainville, Connecticut, sale cat. (November 9–10, 1928), 8, ill.

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), 311–12, no. 174, 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.