John Ritto Penniman (1782 to 1841)

John Ritto Penniman (1782 to 1841)

Born in Boston, John Ritto Penniman came from a talented family—his father was a physician and entrepreneur, and his ten siblings include booksellers, an artist and inventor, and a teacher. Penniman trained as an ornamental painter in Roxbury, Massachusetts, which was, at the time, a community of artisans, including clock and furniture makers. Some of his early work was as a dial painter for noted clockmakers Aaron and [...] Click here to continue reading.


Constitution Mirrors

Constitution Mirrors

The term Constitution Mirror is modern usage, some would say ‘collector’s terminology’, to describe a specific form of high-style Chippendale mirror.

These mirrors, mostly of English manufacture in mahogany or mahogany veneer, were made from approximately 1720 to 1820 and all contain several common elements. Virtually all of them have swan neck pediments, often gilded, centering an ornamental finial. This finial frequently takes the form of a bird with wings extended and [...] Click here to continue reading.


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