Pier Mirror


Harrison Gray Otis House, Boston, MA

This 89” tall mirror is one of a pair created by John Doggett, a Roxbury, Massachusetts maker of frames, looking glasses, and cabinets. The piece was created around 1806 – 1810. It is now part of the collection of Historic New England and is kept at their headquarters building, the Harrison Gray Otis House.

Harvard Art’s conservation treatment included cleaning, filling some gesso losses, and saving original gold material that was curling up on the surface. A figure missing from the frieze was also replaced; because the mirror is part of a pair, it was possible to make a mold of the missing figure from the same element in the other mirror.