Semicircular Mirror

Artist/Maker: Unknown

Created: c. 1785

Origin/Purchase: Paris

Materials: gilt, gesso, wood, mirrored glass, brass

Dimensions: 61 × 111.8 (24 × 44 in.)

Location: Bed Chamber

Provenance: Thomas Jefferson; by descent to Thomas Jefferson Randolph; by descent to Carolina Ramsay Randolph Joslin; by gift to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1950

Accession Number: 1950-1

Historical Notes: Designed to be placed over a mantelpiece, this semicircular mirror also functions as a girandole, as it features two brass candleholders on either side. The amount of light was doubled by placing candles next to a reflective surface. This mirror, with its plain gilded border, may have been the one identified as "une glace à demi-ovale" on the list of Jefferson's goods to be transported to Richmond and eventually to Monticello in 1793.[1] It was among nine mirrors taxed in 1815.[2]

- Text from Stein, Worlds, 310

Further Sources


  1. ^ Adrien Petit's List of Packages Sent to Richmond, May 12, 1793, in PTJ, 26:20. Transcription available at Founders Online.
  2. ^ Jefferson’s Statement of Albemarle County Property Subject to State Tax, March 1815, in PTJ, 8:392-94. Transcription available at Founders Online.