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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Thomas Aldersey, British, active 1754–81

Looking Glass

1765–81

Yellow-poplar, mahogany veneer, spruce

51 × 23 1/16 in. (129.5 × 58.5 cm)
Bequest of Olive Louise Dann
1962.31.31a-b
Crests shaped like scrolled pediments with a central plinth were introduced on English looking glasses around 1730. Often gilt and featuring carved elements, these looking glasses took their inspiration from classical architecture. This example is similar to the earliest forms of Palladian-style looking glasses.
Geography: 
Made in London, England
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
British
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

Gift in 1962 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

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), 308–10, no. 172, 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.