Rare pair of American Federal Period Girandole Convex Looking Glasses, white pine (pinus strobus, by microanalysis) and composition ornament, with iron armature, gessoed and gilded; each convex mirror plate with ebonized surround, surmounted by a carved gilt eagle on plinth flanked by acanthus leaves, giltwood balls on metal chains suspended from the eagle’s mouth, two candle arms issuing from acanthus leaves at the lowermost edge of the mirror, with gilt brass or bronze candle cups and cut crystal drip pans. Approx. 40″ x 27″ x 10″. Circa 1810. Exhibited, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 2007, “For Work & For Play, A Selection of Neoclassical Furniture,” no. 46 (not in catalog). Provenance: Private collection until 2004; to Hirschl & Adler Galleries; to private Nashville collection, 2004 to present. CONDITION: Overall very good condition with some minor restoration to carved elements and gilded surface, including the gilt lacquered surface on the candle cups; light wear and shrinkage crazing to gilding; light clouding and oxidation to silvering. Glass drip pans and gilt brass bobeches are period-style replacements. Mirror 1 – Repaired breaks at drop, at front tip of eagle’s right wing, and tip of acanthus leaf at top right above mirror. Mirror 2- Re-gilding to area on eagle’s head. The rectangular metal plates (en verso) attaching candle arms to mirror appear replaced.
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