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Looking glass


Object number

RIF3337

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm) Width: 11 1/2 in. (29.21 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (frame, backboard, and blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Thomas Robinson (1730– 1817), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his sons Thomas Richardson Robinson (1761-1851), Newport, Rhode Island, Vergennes and Ferrisburgh, Vermont, or William T. Robinson, Newport, Rhode Island, and Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent in the Robinson family; given to Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 1960

Associated names

Thomas Robinson
William T. Robinson
Thomas Richardson Robinson
Jemima Fish Robinson

Construction

The rectangular mirror sits within a molded, mitered frame in front and has a single-piece backboard with chamfered edges held into a simple butt-jointed frame with brads. Each portion of the scalloped surround-the crest, the ears, the three-part base- is attached to the frame with rectangular, horizontal glue blocks. Some elements of the surround are missing. Examined by P.E. Kane, May 24, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

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