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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Bernard W. Fischer, American, 1900–1986


ca. 1927

Brass, copper, glass, Douglas-fir plywood, lead, and sheet iron

30 1/8 × 24 1/4 in. (76.5 × 61.6 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Bernard Fischer
The dramatic composition and stylized forms of this mirror are characteristic of many American furniture designs influenced by the 1925 Paris Exposition. Viewed by many as a “mechanistic” material, metal was a popular choice for modernistic household furniture. On this mirror, Bernard W. Fischer used overlapping plant forms in glass and metal to dissolve any clearly defined boundary between glass and frame.
Made in New York, New York
On view
20th century

Phyllis and Bernard W. Fischer, New York and Wingdale, N.Y., ca. 1927–86; transferred to the Estate of Bernard Fischer, New York, 1986


“Acquisitions 1985–1987,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 40, no. 2 (Spring 1988): 88.

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), 62, 351–53, no. 203, pl. 24, ill.

John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 100, no. 58.

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