This towering looking glass caught President George Washington’s eye while at the handsome New York mansion of the Comte de Moustier, the visiting French envoy to the United States. After Moustier was recalled to France in October 1789, Washington rented his former residence and purchased a sizable quantity of his furnishings, including this glass and its mate. The pair later hung in the Green Drawing Room of the Philadelphia executive residence and, after Washington’s retirement from the presidency in 1797, in the two-story New Room, which functioned as a formal dining room, entertaining space, and art gallery. More


c. 1788



Basswood (primary), yellow pine (secondary), gilt, gesso, glass


Overall (H x W x D): 81 1/4 in. x 43 in. (206.38 cm x 109.22 cm)


Purchase, 1939

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