Antique French mirror in grey chalk paint with silver leaf details

Antique French mirror in grey chalk paint with silver leaf details
Renovated French mirror

I recently had the pleasure of renovating this elegant antique mirror known as a Pier mirror.

The frame which is well over 100 years old retains most of its original features such as carved pillars, leaf detailing and pretty little hanging balls which look just like shiny pompons. (see pics)

As it no longer had its original gilding, I have restored it and given it a more contemporary yet elegant look with grey chalk paint and real silver leaf to highlight some of its beautiful decorative details.

FRAME SIZE: Height 76 cms Width 49 cms.

Please note that the mirror and upper central panel appear to have been replaced at some stage in its long life. In my opinion this in no way detracts from its attractiveness, especially as the mirror is bevelled so provides a quality finish to the piece.

 

Renovated French mirror

What is a Pier Mirror?

Pier mirrors originated in eighteenth century France, where they were traditionally hung on the supporting walls between windows, known as piers. Often gilded, they took pride of place in the classical French houses.

These mirrors were beautifully made and highly decorative, with carved or painted frames. They varied in size but the smaller ones such as this one were often hung above a console table in the reception hallway of grand houses.

This particular mirror, although easily over a hundred years old, is still sound and retains most of its original features such as carved pillars, leaf detailing and hanging balls which look just like little pompons.

FRAME SIZE: Height 76 cms Width 49 cms.

PRICE SOLD

Please note that this item is over 200 years old and will therefore have imperfections as a natural consequence of its age.  I would be happy to provide further info and pics if required.

 

 

 

 

Close up of upper details
Close up of upper corner.


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