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Monumental Carved Gilt-Wood Pier or Overmantle Mirror

Origin United States, Pennsylvania
Period 19th Century
Materials Carved Gilded Wood and Mirror Glass
W. 36.5 in; H. 70.75 in;
W. 92.71 cm; H. 179.71 cm;
Condition Excellent. Original Gilding and Mirror Glass. Minor losses to some leaf tips
Creation Date c.1840
Attributed to Charles N. Robinson
Philadelphia, c. 1840

The paneled and gilded rectangular frame with bold acanthus leaf carving at the corners and mid-span between the corners holding the original single heavy plate glass.

36½ inches x 70¾ inches

Condition: Excellent: In near pristine original condition with all un-touched original gilding, mirror plate and back boards, with minor losses to a few leaf tips restored.

The attribution to Charles N. Robinson is based on a very closely related labeled mirror in the collection of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. The label on their mirror reads:

Importer of Plate Glass, engravings, &c., No. 86 Chestnut Street, directly opposite Congress Hall Philadelphia
At whose establishment may always be found an extensive assortment of PIER, MANTEL & CHAMBER LOOKING-GLASSES, From the most celebrated French and British Factories, Framed in every variety of style, and finished under his immediate inspection. Also, carved and gilt brackets, large and small size Mahogany, Ash & Maple Frame Glasses, Toilet & Swing do.
Together with large variety of Portrait and Picture Frames, Finished either in Burnish, Matt, or Oil Gilding, of every pattern, constantly on hand, or finished to order at short notice.
Looking-Glasses re-silvered and Frames Re-Gilt.
An immense assortment of ENGRAVING on hand, in the sheet, suitable for FRAMING or Port Folios; all of which are offered at Low Prices, WHOLESALE OR RETAIL. Country Merchants and others, having Orders for any article connected with the Looking-Glass and Print Business, can have them executed at this Old Establishment, at short notice and Lowest Prices.

...Printing Office, Ledger Building, Philadelphia.

Robinson was active in Philadelphia between 1811 and 1856 and at 86 Chestnut from 1837-1849.
Styles / Movements Classical, Empire, William IV
Incollect Reference Number 182198
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