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.