This French bistro mirror (in a later frame) has just the right "je ne sais quoi" that will dress up a spot on the wall--a fine example of the art of reflection.
French Bistro Mirror
United Kingdom. Circa 18th century.
George II giltwood and gesso mirror with beveled two glass parts within a lattice and flowerhead decorated border. Frame is decorated with flowerheads and scrolling acanthus and surmounted by a central female mask within a shell motif. A similar mirror can be seen page 79, fig. 57 of Graham Child's World Mirrors, 1650-1900. The central stylized shell or anthemion surmount above a female mask is particularly similar to this mirror.
George II Giltwood and Gesso Mirror
England. Circa 1900.
The mahogany frame with its curved pediment and large, carved urn has a gravitas about it that is augmented by its solid column sides. That—in conjunction with its original glass—makes this a substantial mirror that would look well with many styles anywhere from the early 19th century on up into the 20th century.
Mahogany Mirror with Molded Pediment
Italy. Circa 1890.
With its brass relief frame accented by ebonized trim and beveled glass, this Venetian mirror offers a stately option for just about any decor. Beveled glass is used in the frame, giving extra side light reflection and a handsome appearance.
Venetian Gilded Brass Cushion Mirror
France. Circa 1810.
In walnut with ebonized trim, this stately mirror has exquisite lines and exemplifies the design motifs of the period. Burl walnut surrounds the glass that has survived more or less intact through two centuries and shows only a small amount of deterioration here and there. Grecian design influence starts at the pediment top flanked by ebonized urns above Spartan relief carvings and continues down to the delicate legs with paw feet.
French Empire Cheval Mirror
England. Circa 1800.
This handsome mirror most likely would have graced the home of someone of high social and economic standing as it has fine Rococo carving and a large piece of highly valued (and original) glass. Surrounded by carved acanthus leaves and a modified egg and dart moulding, the glass is in very good condition with only a few of the expected blemishes associated with a mirror of this age.
George III Parcel Gilt Mahogany Mirror
England. Circa 1820.
This English Regency cheval mirror with brass urn finials, handle and casters on a mahogany frame retains all its elegance and charm from the period. The original glass has lost much of its silvering, reflecting on its past as well as the present.