Friday, August 6, 2010

A Tale of Two Mirrors

Among the many fetishes that I have, one of them is for mirrors. Love them! I love the way they reflect light and objects in a room. I adore the way they can create a window into another world -- a world reflected by whatever is infront of it. In my opinion, a girl cannot have too many diamonds or too many mirrors. There is nothing more beautiful than a wall full of mirrors of different shapes, styles and sizes. I once saw someone decorate a wall with nothing but hand mirrors. It was absolutely beautiful, not to mention unique.

So it comes as no surprise that mirrors are a large part of my inventory at my store. I adore them! I recently acquired two that are simply stunning and yet so different. Same size and, generally, same shape, although they come from different worlds and each has its own beauty. Today, I took photos of them as they are being loaded onto my 1st dibs storefront and I tell you, I could not decide which one was prettier. So you be the judge!

The first is a French Antique Louis XVI gilded mirror, with its original beveled mirror and mercury gilding (c. 1880s). Absolutely stunning! Look at the crest on this baby! It is slightly larger than 6 ft. tall and it makes quite a statement above a mantle or over a server, commode or console. Personally, I would have it standing up against my bedroom wall where I would use it as a full length mirror.

On the opposite corner and completely different yet absolutely stunning in its own right, is this beautiful Italian painted mirror in the Louis XV style. Look at the hand carvings on this gorgeous piece! Am I saying "gorgeous" a little too often???? On either side of the mirror are double sconces to put candles on so that, back when, you could illuminate your reflection. The sconces are hidden within all the rose carvings. This piece also stands about 6 ft. tall and is one heavy mirror.

Cream with touches of pale blue and gold gilding...

Both of these pieces and more, will soon be unveiled on 1st dibs.


  1. I am so in love with the mirrors I've gotten from you and find myself staring at their beautiful carvings all the time. I like the idea of using one of the big ones as a dressing mirror. These are gorgeous. It's hard to pick a favorite but I think I'm going to go with the first one because it's my favorite style. Although the second one is impressive!

  2. Stephanie, you breathe!!! I'm so happy you are following me still. I am humbled and honored.

  3. Oh, the first one is a lovely elegant shape (I love the unique shape of the top crest), but I'd definitely have to cast my vote for the second. I absolutely adore painted mirrors and frames. I think it makes them more relevant for most people's homes today. Gilding is beautiful and traditional, but it can be a bit too fussy and intimidating for the average person, and I think it can be harder to work into a design scheme color-wise. Painting a gold frame in a nice neutral allows the gorgeous shape and scrollwork to stand out, but softens the grandeur of the piece and makes it more harmonious with a person's existing decor.

    I don't know if you noticed my comment on an earlier post, but I just wanted to let you know that I named you for a much deserved blog award in a past post!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    hope Ava

  4. These mirrors are gorgeous whoops it is catching, one can never say gorgeous too many times over things so wonderfull.

  5. Hello,dear Karina!

    These morrors are absolutely great taste of you:-)*
    The second one tooks my breath away...
    I think,the mirrors makes all spaces realy special,different or sometimes bizarre and magical!


  6. Your mirrors are so beautiful, Karina! How is your summer going? things are nice and slow this August, no?




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