Material: Mahogany, parcel gilt, reverse painting on glass
Condition: Good, water damage to eglomise as depicted, tiny loss to gilded flag canton
at 9-o’clock. Two small sections of backboard are missing from top section.
Additional Information: A most unusual, early Sheraton example. The lower frame is
surmounted by a reeded and dental molded top section flanked by a pair of carved and
gilt dolphins. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s portrait is within a most magnificent
wreath; at the bottom is a panoply of arms interwoven with ribbon banner reading, “WE
HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND THEY ARE OURS”. Perry is flanked by two pair of
American flags above which is a spreading eagle clutching a ribbon. The vignette is
festooned by a wreath.
Additional Information: Highly individual design, mortise, tenon, and peg joined frame.
Checkout the carving on verso of crest! 19th century red varnish over original red. The
applicator of red varnish got some on edges mirrored glass, we are confident that the
plate is original. An outstanding piece of Americana
The frame with applied split balusters joining raised corner blocks featuring a gilt
pattern; reverse-painted tablet showing a classical woman and child reclined on
recamier centered by drapery. The tablet displays Codman’s style and favored colors.
(15.75 b 32.25”)
The verso retaining the label of James Todd’s LOOKING-GLASS MANUFACTORY who
worked at various addressed in Portland, Maine from 1820 to circa 1866 who was born
at Hingham, Massachusetts and was brother of William, a cabinet maker with shops in
Boston and Hingham. At the age of 16 James apprenticed to Paul Mondelly, a French-born
looking glass maker with a shop in Boston.
One of the early landscape painters, Charles Codman was born in Portland, Maine and
lived there for most of his life. He was a self-taught, successful painter of landscapes
and marine scenes, primitive portraits, painting and enameling on glass for timepieces,
looking glasses, ladies’ needlework and signs. It is believed Codman apprenticed with
clockmakers, Simon and Aaron Willard of Roxbury and after that sign-painter, John
Ritto Penniman of Roxbury and Boston.
Poplar and white pine
At four-feet tall, this architecturally significant mirror retaining original fancy paint is worthy of attention. (Original thin plate and eglomise panel; as depicted and expected…scattered minor paint losses; 49" x 27.25" x 4")
An attractive mirror; once was surmounted by crest (18 by 16")
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