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Dressing Glass

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scots pine, gilding, glass
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DESCRIPTION: Small dressing glass: Fitted with a wooden support attached to a hinge on the back board; crest with a carved and gilded shell and acanthus leaves; larger elements are carved in the wood, the shallow leaves were cut in gesso.

FORM: The hinged support on the back suggests that the dressing glass was either intended to be transported and set up where convenient (similar to a courting mirror) or that it was placed on a dressing table in this manner.

TECHNIQUE: Like many early carved and gilded glasses, the frame on this example has a thick build-up of gesso which provided a medium for carving and for the final application of red bole and gold leaf.

Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift