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Looking Glass

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM White pine, gilt, gesso
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS
DATES ca. 1768-1800
DIMENSIONS 46 x 18 x 4 in. (116.8 x 45.7 x 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 1997.150.25
CREDIT LINE Matthew Scott Sloan Collection, Gift of Lidie Lane Sloan McBurney
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Looking Glass, ca. 1768-1800. White pine, gilt, gesso, 46 x 18 x 4 in. (116.8 x 45.7 x 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Matthew Scott Sloan Collection, Gift of Lidie Lane Sloan McBurney, 1997.150.25. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE x-ray, detail, CONS.1997.150.25_xrs_detail01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Federal style looking glass. Rectangular gilt-wood frame surmounted by central gilt ornament of feathers and lambrequins with projecting flower and leaves. Pendant foliage suspended from lambrequins frames upper half of sides and is attached to sides by a metal wire. A molded bead-like pattern runs around the outside edge of the frame. A pendant drop of feathers is attached to the bottom of the frame. The glass is not original. The piece is in poor condition with some flaking and losses. Evidence of two earlier restoration campaigns. CONDITION: The piece is in poor condition. The gilding is flaking. The metal stems are bent. One leaf and two fragments of the upper edge of the frame are detached. The flowers are missing their stamens. There is evidence of two earlier restoration campaigns, visible because of the different quality of the fills and different colored gilding.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (80%)
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