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Looking glass

Object number



Maker Peter Grinnell and Son, active 1809–1828


Height: 39 in. (99.06 cm) Width: 17 1/4 in. (43.815 cm)


ca. 1812–ca. 1815

Current location

Los Angeles County Museum of Art


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


"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


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, 1956


Helen Comstock, "The Looking Glass in America, Part III," Antiques 85, no. 5 (May 1964): 685, fig. 15–16.
Sarah B. Sherrill, "Current and Coming," Antiques 113, no. 2 (February 1978): 268, ill.