American, worked 1784–1804

Looking Glass

Date: 1784 - 1790

Robert Wood, son of Winchester founder James Wood, likely purchased this pair of looking glasses for the Glen Burnie Historic House, where they hang today. The free-flowing, carved scrolls and curves of these looking-glass frames provide a lively, sculptural presence on the wall. Prior to the advent of electricity, looking glasses such as these were coveted for the way they diffused sunlight and candlelight around dim drawing rooms. They hung in pairs, either in the spaces between windows or exactly opposite windows, wherever they could best capture the natural light.

Read More

Medium: Mahogany and yellow pine

Inscriptions: Labeled “JOH[N] ELLIOTT”

Dimensions: H: 47 x W: 23 3/4 in.

Place: Probably Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Accession: 0861

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Mirror , Philadelpia , Pennsylvania

Always in the family of the original owner, as inherited by Julian Wood- Glass Jr.