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According to family history, this looking glass once hung in the executive mansion in Philadelphia during George Washington’s presidency. James Peale, miniature painter and brother of artist Charles Willson Peale, is believed to have purchased it at a sale of furnishings held at the end of Washington’s second term. The eagle finial is likely a replacement, added by a later owner to fill the place of a gilt phoenix- or urn-type finial. It is one of two looking glasses with a Washington association that descended in the Peale family.

See also W-106. More

Date

1750-1780


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany veneer (primary), gilt, gesso, glass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 52 in. x 24 1/4 in. x 4 in. (132.08 cm x 61.6 cm x 10.16 cm)


Credit

Gift of the Essex Chapter of the D.A.R. of New Jersey, 1922


Object Number

W-291


Colors


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