Queen Anne Walnut Veneer Courting Mirror with Gilt

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Queen Anne walnut veneer courting mirror with scrolled crests and applied molded and gilt decoration. Northern Continental Europe, 1760 – 1780.

Walnut veneer on pine.

This Queen Anne walnut veneer small mirror with applied molded gilt decoration is associated with a group of 18th century mirrors connected with an origin in Northern Continental Europe, possibly Holland or Germany.  The Garvan Collection of Yale University contains three related mirrors, one with a history of ownership by the Coley family of Fairfield.  The Coley family mirror is illustrated and discussed in “American Tables and Looking Glasses at the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University” by David Barquist, catalogue 192, pages 339 to 341.  The Coley mirror is inscribed “all of 125 years old in 1894”, likely purchased shortly after the marriage of Ebenezer Coley (1741-1811) and Abigail Morehouse (1744-1797) in 1763.  The mirror is identified as in the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, Accession No. 1930.2270, and described by the author as: “Probably Northern Continental Europe, 1760 – 1780”