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Looking Glass

Place Made:
Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States of America
Date Made:
mahogany, white pine, gilt, glass
HOA: 64; WOA: 27 5/8; DOA: 5
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: One of a pair of Hepplewhite looking glasses with flat rectangular frame decorated with beaded edges at outer part and carved and gilded inner fillet, decorated with a triple band of inlay, and surmounted with an arched and fret-scrolled crown which supports a gilded eagle finial, with valanced and scrolled skirts.

RELATED WORKS: Watercolor painting of “Williamsville” (MESDA Acc. 2023.29)

Originally hung in the music room at “Williamsville,” a home built in 1803 in Hanover County, Virginia, by William Pollard II. Although originally catalogued as of Virginia make, we now attribute them to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the basis of an almost identical frame with eagle finial by the same carver. This similar example has a fragment of a label of an unknown Philadelphia maker. (see letter, Thomas B. Rentchler to Forsyth M. Alexander, 16 June 1992.)

Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift