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Looking glass


Object number

RIF1913

Maker

Maker: probably made by James Stokes, American, 1755-1831
Maker: formerly attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Height: 127cm (50 in.); Width: 59.69cm (23 1/2 in.)

Date

1791–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 1995

Associated names

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.

Notes

Although this looking glass is similar to the example at Winterthur (RIF245) with a John Townsend label, that label is now believed to be fake. The looking glass is most similar to those labeled by Philadelphia looking glass maker James Stokes (ca.1755–1831). See, for instance, the example at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 1994.421. Source: Martha Willoughby, notes to lot 588, Christie's, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver, New York, January 20, 2017.

See also


Bibliography

"Bernard S. and Dean Levy, advertisement," Antiques 147, no. 4 (April 1995): 473, ill.