American Decorative Arts

Looking Glass

1790–1820

Eastern white pine, mahogany veneer, yellow-poplar

47 7/8 x 23 11/16 in. (121.6 x 60.2 cm)
Bequest of Olive Louise Dann
1962.31.32a-b
The form of this looking glass balances the Palladian and Neoclassical styles. The large frame topped by a scroll pediment is quite similar to the looking glasses and furniture that can be seen in the colonial period. The large openwork gilt urn and delicate side pendants are traditional neoclassical ornamentation. They are made out of composition, a type of molded plaster.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th–19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Possibly made in New York, New York
Status: 
By appointment
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), 312–14, no. 175, 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.