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From: Betty Ring, "Peter Grinnell and Son: Merchant-Craftsmen of Providence, Rhode Island," Antiques 117 (January 1980): 216, pl. III
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Looking glass


Object number

RIF4930

Maker

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

Dimensions

129.54 x 50.8 cm (51 x 20 in.)

Date

1818

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Boston, Massachusetts, Possibly made in Providence, Rhode Island, Retailed in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Gilded white pine; silvered glass

Marks

"LOOKING-GLASS & PICTURE-FRAME / MANUFACTORY, / PROVIDENCE. / Looking-Glasses in Gilt and Mahogany Frames, of / the newest fashions, constantly on hand, at wholesale / and retail; Gilt Frames and Glasses for all kinds of / Needle Work, Portraits and Pictures; Looking-Glass / Plates, Window-Glass of every size, Linseed, Lamp / and Whale Oil, with a large assortment of Paints, / Ship-Chandlery and Hard Ware. / PETER GRINNELL & SON, / Main-Street, nearly opposite the Providence Bank.," printed in black, on a paper label glued to backboard

Inscriptions

"July 3rd 1818," in graphite, in right-hand margin of label

Style

Federal, Neoclassical, Hepplewhite

Provenance

Ardis Leigh, Princeton, New Jersey, 1972. Private collection, 1980

Associated names

Ardis Leigh
Private collection

Bibliography

"Ardis Leigh advertisement," Antiques 102, no. 5 (November 1972): 756.
Betty Ring, "Peter Grinnell and Son: Merchant-Craftsmen of Providence, Rhode Island," Antiques 117, no. 1 (January 1980): 215, 216, pl. III, fig. 8.