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Eastern white pine

26 3/8 in. (67 cm)
Bequest of Edward Porter Eggleston, B.A. 1900
During the early nineteenth century, the word mirror was sometimes used to distinguish a convex or concave reflective glass from an ordinary looking glass. This example is a tour-de-force of technology and a glass decorator’s control of a sheet of glass. This mirror breaks the reflection of the room view into sixty-one dancing images. The Rococo sight edge on the frame, which is otherwise in the Classical Revival style, suggests that it was made when the “modern French” style became popular during the second quarter of the nineteenth century.
Probably made in Great Britain
Possibly made in United States
On view
Probably British, possibly American
19th century

Edward Porter Eggleston (1876-1956) of New London and later Bethlehem, Conn., owned this mirror before 1931. He may have inherited if from ancestors who lived in New London. Gift in 1966 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), 342, no. 195, ill.

Matthew Monteith, “The Explainers,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2013): 67.

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