Fanciful Paint Decorated Courting Mirror
American, likely Northeast, ca. 1820-1840. Untouched killer dry surface. Original paint on softwood, with red ground, black borders, and mustard-yellow decorative line striping. Rare, and perhaps unique mirrored-block corners accented with gilt-paint. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries small mirrors were among the gifts considered appropriate to be given to young women by their suitors. Tradition maintains they were called courting mirrors. Since fine quality mirrored glass was relatively scarce during that time, courting mirrors were not inexpensive gifts. About 19 ¼ inches tall x 15 ½ wide. Provenance includes Nikki and Tom Dupree, Suffield, CT, and Allan Katz, Madison, CT.