With its eagle and lamp finials, attenuated pilasters, and delicate gilt painted garlands, this looking glass is an exceptional example of neoclassical, pillar type mirrors. The top panel features the Washington family crest and shield at center. When it was offered at auction by Lawrence Washington in 1891, it was believed to have been owned by George Washington and to have originally hung in the Front Parlor at Mount Vernon; however, its style postdates his lifetime. It may have been commissioned by a subsequent owner, such as Washington’s nephew, Bushrod Washington. More

Date

1800-1820


Geography


Material/Technique

Gilt, gesso, pine (frame and backboard), glass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 60 in. x 42 in. x 4 in. (152.4 cm x 106.68 cm x 10.16 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1891


Object Number

W-29


Colors


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