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Looking glass


Object number

RIF4618

Maker

Maker Unknown
Retailer Peter Grinnell and Son, active 1809–1828

Dimensions

Height: 104.775 cm (41 1/4 in.); Width: 52.07 cm (20 1/2 in.)

Date

ca. 1812– ca.1815

Current location

The Stanley Weiss Collection

Geography

Made in Boston, Massachusetts, Retailed in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Gilded Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus); silvered and reverse-painted glass

Marks

"PETER GRINNELL & SON, / PROVIDENCE, / Nearly opposite the Providence Bank, / HAVE FOR SALE, / An Assortment of elegant Gilt and Mahogany Framed / LOOKING GLASSES. / ALSO, / WINDOW-GLASS, of every size; large SHEET GLASS, which / they cut to any pattern; PAINTS, of all kinds; LINSEED, LAMP / and WHALE OIL ; BAR and SHEET LEAD, with a good assort / ment of / SHIP-CHANDLERY. / PORTRAIT, EMBROIDERY, and all kinds of PICTURE and / LOOKING-GLASS FRAMING executed in the neatest manner. / LIKEWISE, / OIL and BURNISH GILDING, HOUSE, SHIP, SIGN and ORNA / MENTAL PAINTING.," printed in black ink, on a paper label glued to backboard

Inscriptions

"Commerce," reverse painted on tablet panel

Style

Federal

Provenance

Skinner, Inc., Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts (sale held Boston), November 8, 2009, lot 326. Stanley Weiss Collection, Providence, Rhode Island, 2010

Associated names

Skinner, Inc.

Bibliography

Skinner, Inc., Boston, American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (November 8, 2009), 83–84, lot 326, ill.
"A Gilt Sheraton Tabernacle Looking Glass by Peter Grinnell & Son," http://www.tildenturber.com/stanleyweiss/pages/items14/sw01421r.html (accessed August 27, 2010).
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 440–41, no. 105, fig. 1.