Looking glasses were to be found in nearly every room at Mount Vernon, where they offered a view of one's figure and accentuated the light in a room by reflecting and dispersing it. On this elegant example, a complex network of carved and gilded C-scrolls, curving foliage, and rocaille or rockwork ornament transforms the frame from a functional necessity into a work of art. It descended in the family of Martha Washington's grandson, George Washington Parke Custis. More





Wood, gesso, gilt, glass


Overall: 52 in. x 25 3/4 in. x 1 5/8 in. (132.08 cm x 65.41 cm x 4.14 cm)


Gift of George Washington Custis Lee, 1908

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