Oval Federal Mirror

American, probably New England

FAPG 16894D

c. 1800

Oval Federal Mirror, about 1800
American, probably New England
Pine and iron wire, gessoed and gilded, with compo ornament and mirror
25 1/2 in. high, 14 1/2 in. wide

Description

Oval Federal Mirror, about 1800
American, probably New England
Pine and iron wire, gessoed and gilded, with compo ornament and mirror
25 1/2 in. high, 14 1/2 in. wide

EXHIBITED: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 2001–02, Of the Newest Fashion:  Masterpieces of American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts, p. 88 cat. 1

This diminutive mirror is distinguished by the richness of the delicate and highly-decorative compo ornaments which encircle the oval mirror plate.  Surmounted by sprays of corn, which spring from a sheaf rising from a fluted urn, the coiled wire arms of which terminate in flower-heads and are festooned with a pair of garlands which drop down the full length of the mirror plate, gathering at the base in a complex motif centered with another stylized flower-head from which issue acanthus leaves, this mirror boldly and unashamedly shows off much of the Neo-Classical vocabulary of the Federal period.  

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