Exceptional Philadelphia Looking-Glass, Mirror C. 1815
There are 18 gilded balls suspended from the prominent pediment accented by a tiny beading. On the sides are bundled columns with acanthus tops. With the exception of a few small flakes the reverse painting is original and intact. The mirror glass is as you would expect for its age---distorted, wavy. The old silvering has held up although images look smoky and ethereal. The only thing that is not original is the backboard which had to be replaced about 40 years ago. Acquired from a prominent Philadelphia estate and reputedly hung in a judge's center city townhouse since 1836. The gesso and gold leafing is all original and nearly perfect. It has never been painted or re-gilded.
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