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American Decorative Arts
Maker, possibly by: Stillman Lothrop, American, died 1853

Looking Glass

ca. 1804–ca. 1832

Eastern white pine

75 1/8 × 39 1/8 in. (190.8 × 99.4 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Pier tables and looking glasses were typically placed in the bay between two windows. Considered to be part of the interior finish of the room, the ornamentation was more architectural, in keeping with the windows and doors. Like the windows, the looking glass was an additional light panel in the room. This looking glass has a history of being used with a jappaned pier table in the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection.
Made in Salem, Massachusetts
Not on view
19th century

Garvan purchased this pier glass and accompanying table from Henry V. Weil in July 1929. According to Weil, the two objects have been owned in the "Hasket Derby family of Salem, Massachusetts." If this provenance is correct, these objects originally were owned by one of the numerous early nineteenth-century descendants of Richard Derby (1679-1715) and Martha Hasket (d. 1746), who were married in 1703 (Derby 1861.) 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), 56, 82, 331–32, no. 186, pl. 18, 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.