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Looking glass

Object number



Maker Peter Grinnell and Son, active 1809–1828


45 5/8 26 4 5/8 in. (115.89 66.04 11.75 cm)


ca. 1815–ca. 1820

Current location

The Henry Ford


Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Gilded pine; silvered and reverse-painted glass


"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




Philip Flayderman, Boston; consigned by his estate to American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, January 2–4, 1930, lot 402; sold to The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan

Associated names

Philip Flayderman
American Art Association
Anderson Galleries

See also


Anderson Galleries and American Art Association, New York, Colonial Furniture, Silver, and Decorations: The Collection of the Late Philip Flayderman, sale cat. (January 2–4, 1930), 126–127, lot 402, ill.
Betty Ring, "Peter Grinnell and Son: Merchant-Craftsmen of Providence, Rhode Island," Antiques 117, no. 1 (January 1980): 216–217, fig. 10.