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Looking Glass

1948.196 (RS177101)

Description

Looking glass. Gilding, gesso. Pier form. Wide overhanging cornice. Cove molding with applied ball ornament above frieze composed of alternating laurel wreaths and stylized anthemions. Elaborate carved gesso cartouche of central sunburst blossom flanked with double branched foliate scrolls and floral drops in rectangular field. Free-standing columns with acanthus capitals, center spool framed by acanthus leaves, and urn-shaped bases anchored in four corner blocks with applied lion's heads. Spiral rod above coved and quarter-rounded molding at base.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1805-1815
Associated Building
Used at Barrett House (New Ipswich, N.H.).
Material
gesso
gilding
Object type
Furniture
Places
Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Federal
gesso
Gesso
Gilded
gilding
LOOKING GLASS
looking glasses
mirrors
Dimensions
56 1/2 x 38 3/8 x 8 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1948.196
Credit Line
Gift of Caroline Barr Wade
GUSN
62650

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