Chippendale mirror, ca. 1780
This Chippendale rectangular gilt-framed mirror has many classic Rococo features. In the late eighteenth century, large plates of glass were difficult to produce, and glassmakers were limited by their processes. The largest plates had to be obtained from the more advanced craftsmen in France or England. It was often much cheaper for Americans to use several small plates of glass. For that reason, many large mirrors such as this were comprised of two or more plates.
Purchased by Knox Memorial Association in 1932