Monday, June 18, 2012

Mirror, mirror 'at auction'

Mirrors are one of the best ways to dress up your decor! They can be elaborate or plain, and often look better in bunches. I like mixing styles, or collecting numbers of the same. Anything goes with mirrors!

House Beautiful

These photos show two wonderful examples of the more mirrors the merrier! Auctions are a great place to find a wide variety to collect and plan your wall. 

I didn't need to go far to find a wide variety of mirrors on offer at an upcoming auction. Stair Galleries in Hudson, NY has an auction coming up June 23rd with quite a few mirror options. A pair is always nice to have since they can decorate and balance a space. This pair are George II walnut carved and parcel gilt, and measure 4 feet 9 inches by 27 inches. These are Lot 328, and have an auction estimate of $2,500 - $5,000. I love the mix of wood and gilt for the warmth.

Mirror collections often look even better with a mix of plain along with elaborate. I like this Italian Baroque giltwood mirror. It has a great chunky carved frame, and you could surround it with simpler (less expensive) mirrors for fabulous effect. This is Lot 65 in the Stair auction, and has an estimate of $800 - $1,200.  This measures 42 3/4 inches by 31 1/2 inches.

Here is a lovely simple oval mirror. There is subtle carving to the frame, and of course the giltwood to make it stand out. This is a George III style mirror (Lot 305), and measures 4' 6" x 44". It has an auction estimate of $1,200 - $1,800. 

To mix up the collection a bit, add something a bit different. I like this ivory and ebony inlaid mirror for its wonderfully shaped frame with all its angles, and then the oval mirror in the center. This measures 26" x 20 1/2", and is Lot 123A. It has an auction estimate of $300 - $600.  It's not too big, and look great in a collection, or on it's own in a powder room.

I have a very modern house, and yet I love my own George III mirror with a carved giltwood frame similar to this one. It's elaborate, makes a statement, and makes the room it's in special. This one is in the Stair auction and is described as George III style. It measures 47" x 28" (Lot 346), and has an auction estimate of $700 - $900. 

If I were planning a wall of mirrors, I'd start with one or two special elaborately framed ones, and then fill in with inexpensive ones. Auctions have both, and you can even supplement with a few from Target!


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