Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Picturesque Federal Gilt Tabernacle Mirror, with Newburyport Reverse Painting, Salem, MA c.1800, labeled Stillman Lothrop

This mid-sized mirror retains it’s original mirrored glass, backboard, and label of the maker, Stillman Lothrop. Mirror labels are quite rare and this is preserved in its entirety (see images). The Newburyport painting appears to have its original gilt border, however the painting itself is highly restored. This beautiful mirror was done very well and retains its original eglomise glass and mirror glass. Item SW01930 From Stanley Weiss Auctions See Also Christie's Auction

Stillman Lothrop lived at Otis House now owned by Historic New England and used as Headquarters Photo from 1910

Stillmam worked for John Doggett a cabinetmaker, carver, and gilder in Roxbury and Boston, Massachusetts. He worked as a gilder in Salem before establishing a looking-glass manufactory in Boston. Listed in Boston Directory on Court street
He also lived at Otis House. See Winterthur Library Papers
He was the son of Barnabas Lothrop (1758-1838) and Sarah Bozworth/Bosworth (1761-1813). He was born in Bridgewater, MA. Barnabas Lothrop was born on 25 February 1757, the son of Edward Lothrop and Abigail (Howard) Lothrop, of West Bridgewater, MA. He M. 2nd Clara Holbrook
Sarah was d. of Jonathan Bozworth [or Bosworth] and Abiel/Abial Lathrop. Stillmam's Siblings: Clarissa Lothrop, Barnabos Lothrop, Sarah Lothrop, Edward Lothrop, Elizabeth Lothrop, Tisdale Lothrop, Mary Lothrop


History of Bulfinch Hall published by Phillips Andover Academy 

  1. Antiques, Volume 93 1968
  2. Writings on American history KTO Press, 1959
  3. Paul Hogarth's Walking Tours of Old Boston: Through North End, Downtown, Beacon Hill, Charleston, Cambridge, and Back Bay 1978 
  4. The New-England Galaxy, Volumes 1-2 Old Sturbridge Incorporated, 1959
  5. Peabody Essex Museum Collections, Volume 137 Peabody Essex Museum, 2001
  6. Antiques, Volumes 75-76  Straight Enterprises, 1959

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