Looking glass

DATE:
c. 1740–1770
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Walnut, spruce, pine, poplar, and glass
CLASSIFICATION:
Furnishings
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 97 7/8 x 23 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (248.59 x 59.99 x 3.81 cm.)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
American Art - 18th Century, Level 4
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, gift of Tom and Charlene Marsh
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.B.21

General Description

Although this superb looking glass has a history of American ownership, like the great majority of similar examples which graced Colonial houses, it was made in England. Because of the expense and specialized nature of the craft, few, if any, glasses of this size were made in pre-Revolutionary America.

This particular pattern of looking glass was apparently a popular one among persons of wealth in the colonies, for several similar examples are known. With its intricately carved crest, applied gilded ornaments, shaped upper molding, and elaborate carved and gilded side pieces, it reflects the best of mid-18th-century design.

Adapted from

DMA unpublished material.