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Photo: From "Shop Talk," Antiques 68, no. 3 (September 1955): 184
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Looking glass

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Maker probably by John Doggett, American, 1780–1857
Painter Samuel Crehore, American, 1789–1811
Retailer Peter Grinnell and Son, active 1809–1828


46 x 26 1/2 in. (116.84 x 67.31 cm)



Current location



Probably made in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Retailed in Providence, Rhode Island
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Gilded wood; silvered and reverse-painted glass


"PETER GRINNELL & SON, / PROVIDENCE, / Main-street, PROVIDENCE , opposite the Providence Bank, / OFFER FOR SALE, / A COMPLETE assortment of PAINTS, OIL, WINDOW GLASS, / VARNISHES, and / SHIP-CHANDLERY . . . / ALSO / Looking-Glasses, / framed in the newest and most elegant style, and are warranted to bear the strict- / est examination. . . . . .With every other article usually called for in a Ship-Chand- / lery or Paint Store, as cheap as at any store in the State. / They execute all kinds of / HOUSE, SHIP, SIGN and ORNA MENTAL PAINTING, / polishing and re-silvering old Looking-Glasses, Oil and Burnish-Gilding, in all their various branches. Embroidery, Looking-Glasses and Pictures of every / description, framed with enamelled glasses, as usual. / All orders from [illegible] country punctually attended to, with a liberal allowance / made to those who purchase in quantities.," printed in black ink, on a paper label glued to backboard; "S. Crehore / Augst [st superscript] 27 / 1810," on painted panel




Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1955. Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hysan, Jr., Baltimore, before 1980; consigned to Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, January 30 – February 2, 1980, lot 1616

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hysan, Jr.
Sotheby Parke Bernet


"Shop Talk," Antiques 68, no. 3 (September 1955): 184.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, Fine Americana, Vol. Two, sale cat. (January 30–February 2, 1980), lot 1616.
Betty Ring, "Peter Grinnell and Son: Merchant-Craftsmen of Providence, Rhode Island," Antiques 117, no. 1 (January 1980): 213, fig. 2, 3.