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Looking glass


Object number

RIF1914

Maker

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

Dimensions

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

Date

1791–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (molding on plinth), mahogany veneers; Eastern white pine (eagle, frame members, crest, base, blocks in crest and upper brackets); yellow poplar (outer blocks behind brackets); Atlantic white cedar (backboards)

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Ann Holzer (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York, 1974; by descent in their family; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2017, lot 588

Associated names

Ann Holzer
Philip Holzer
Christie's

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

Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 48–49, no. 16, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver, sale cat. (January 20, 2017), 73, lot 588.