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
An extraordinary Chinese Chippendale style mirror, featuring striking elaborate carving
and three-dimensional design. The small shelf crest surmounting mirror facilitated the
display of a treasured object. Candle arms flank multiple, intricately cut, individual
pieces of mirror glass. (Fine condition: Length: 66"; height: 27"; depth: 6.75")
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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The scrolled crest surmounting molded gimbaled frame that is secured to stiles, featuring molded and
beaded edges, by brass wingnuts with backplates, the wingnuts may be Victorian replacements; stiles
joined by similarly molded and beaded rail; the whole raised on trestle base resting on padded
feet. The pierced magnifying glass frame traverses within a dado. Minor imperfections consistent
with age and use; one trestle with horizontal fissure, small veneer replacement at left proper
outside spur of crest…tip reduced. Imperfections seem extremely minor considering the rarity and
possible uniqueness of this object. Secondary wood is clear and appears to be white pine, none of
the typical telltale signs of life in England are present
(Height: 21.5"; width: 11"; depth: 10")
The carved scrolled crest above a molded frame centering mirror plate; the crest curves backward; original glue blocks and backboard. (Tiny wood loss at upper right proper frame miter, as expected shrinkage cracks, else fine; 14 x 8.5")
Literature: This piece is published in Colonial Furniture in America: The Illustrated History of a Great Period of Craftsmanship by Luke Vincent Lockwood, page 283 of the 1926 and 1957 editions; Collection of Mr. Lockwood (1872-1951). [Pioneering furniture scholar]
(Original condition; plate was replaced with a piece of period glass; 28.25 by 42")
Mahogany, molded and parcel gilt mirror; scrolled frame with pierced cresting featuring carved, gesso, and gilt bird above the rectangular molded frame with gilt incised liner.
(Excellent condition, couple tiny veneer tips restored, mirror plate is an old replacement else fine; 30.75 by 19.75")
Literature: Pine Furniture of Early New England by Russell Kettell, pp., 185 and 186
The silvered glass is cracked and non-reflective, crest sans vertical glue block, else condition consistent with age. (Dimensions: 9.75 by 16.25")
A finely constructed example featuring shaped and molded mirror frame with carved and gilt border-liner; the glass pivots between rectangular molded and tapered posts with urn finials on a rectangular case featuring molded top edges and two square drawers flanking a rectangular drawer. The case is raised on applied ogee feet. Minor imperfections, an attractive piece ready for use.
Dimensions: 22" H, 14.25" W, 8.5" D.
The concave frame receives the continuous round molding quartered with carved, gesso and gilt ring and foliate decoration. The frame is surmounted with an eagle on rocky-mount having sea serpent and foliate decoration balancing and completing the upper crest while perpetuating the marine theme as sometimes encountered. All elements including glass and backboard are original; great old surface with nary an imperfection sans a small crack that was long ago glued. Height: 38.25-inches; width: 28.5-inches.
The depth of three-dimensional design and surface quality produce an exceptional aesthetic. Rectangular hard pine frame with five-layers of notch carved tapered stacked elements.
Finished in clear shellac with red tint, black and gold.
Fine condition. (31 by 36-inches.)