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PAINT DECORATED LITTLE COURTING MIRROR......SOLD
Northeast, probably New England, ca. 1840 or ealier. Original paint decoration on pine, joinery at mitered corners with hide glue. In a high state of originality, including glass and backboard. Outer molding is patinated yellow wave-like lines and salmon splashes, the inner molding is salmon. Note the wear at the inner molding on the left side, indicating that is where it was held by the thumb of the left hand. The very thin glass is not silvered, rather the reflective surface is a tin-mercury amalgam, with characteristic degradation to crystallization and tiny holes of mirroring loss (see Fade to Black-Reflections on the Aging Process of Mirror Glass, Josh Lane and Rosie Grayburn, Wintherthur Museum). The back has perfect uniformity of color between the backboard and molding. The size of a fragment mirror but not a fragment. Probably made as a courting gift. Exceptionally crisp and clean condition. Just 5 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches. Provenance: Clark Garrett collection to Jim Hehnwald/Bob Jessen. A rarity!.
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