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Looking glass

Object number



Maker Nicholas Geffroy, American, 1761–1839
Alternate name(s): Nicholas Giffroy


Height: 25 in. (63.5 cm) Width: 14 in. (35.56 cm) Height, glass: 12 3/4 in. (32.385 cm) Width, glass: 8 3/4 in. (22.225 cm)



Current location

Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine (secondary)


Printed paper label on back lining board reads: "LOOKING-GLASS MANUFACTORY / LOOKING GLASSES, of the newest fashions, in gilt and mahogany frames, pillar and plain; mahogany do. Old Glasses new framed and new silvered; gift Frames for painting, needle-work, and profiles, of all sizes, made at short notice, by / NICHOLAS GEFFROY / No. 127, Thames Street, Newport, R.I. / I further give notice, that I have invented a Composition which will prevent Glass from being damaged, even against the water, as the Composition lies back of the quicksilver. Two thirds of the Glasses are generally spoilt in this climate by what people generally call 'being touched by worms,' but it is the dampness of the air which produces that effect. Confident of the efficacy of my Composition, I shall warrant my Looking-Glasses to the purchase for the space of ten years; if damaged in that time, to be new silvered gratis. I shall also warrant the Gilding to be genuine gold leaf, free from tarnish. The additional charge for the guarantee will not exceed 75 cents for the largest size, and so down to 25, warranted and signed."


Charles S. Barkelew (1875–1967) and Mrs. Charles S. Barkelew, Los Angeles, California; sold to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1953

Associated names

Mr. Charles S. Barkelew


"The Editors' Attic," Antiques 54, no. 3 (September 1948): 184–185, ill.
Gregor Norman-Wilcox, "Nicholas Geffroy: Lost and Found," Los Angeles County Museum Bulletin of the Art Division 6, no.1 (Winter 1954): 10–13.
William C. Ketchum Jr., American Cabinetmakers: Marked American Furniture, 1640-1940 (New York: Crown Publishers, 1995), 132.