About Time

Three very fine early hourglasses in excellent condition
L to R:
     
Unusually large and beautifully turned wooden hourglass. England or Germany, early 19th c. ; 12” h.
For a related hourglass, cf. Attali, Memoire de Sabliers, p.. 128. SOLD.
               
Rare diminutive 18th c.  brass traveling hourglass.
Prob. France, 2nd quarter 18th c. ; 3 1/2” h.

Wooden hourglass in original bayberry green paint.
Late 17th c.- early 18th c.; 8 1/2” h. SOLD.

Very Fine and Rare Courting Mirror

America, prob. CT,  and northern Europe, 2nd half 18th c.
An unusually sophisticated courting mirror with carved broken-arch pediment and scalloped bottom surrounding reverse-painted glass. The elaborate cherry carved frame appears to have been made here to encase a simple European courting mirror.
In excellent condition, missing two tiny pieces of glass from interior eglomise frame.
19 ½” h. x 13” w.

Provenance: Israel Sack, Inc., New York, Sotheby’s, Sale 6483, Oct 24, 1993, Lot 283.

Exhibited: Museum of American Folk Art, 1983, ”The Keene Eye,” fig. 69.