Looking Glass

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1805-1815

GUSN

GUSN-62650

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

Descriptive Terms

looking glasses
mirrors
gesso
gilding
Federal
Federal
Gilded
Gesso
LOOKING GLASS

Associated Building

Used at Barrett House (New Ipswich, N.H.),

Additional Identification Number

P758

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

56 1/2 x 38 3/8 x 8 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Caroline Barr Wade

Accession Number

1948.196

Places

Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Probably