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Looking glass


Object number

RIF1909

Maker

Maker Peter Grinnell and Son, active 1809?1828

Dimensions

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

Date

ca. 1812–ca. 1815

Current location

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Gilded pine; 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

Style

Chippendale, Sheraton, Federal

Provenance

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, 1956

Bibliography

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.