Friday, 4 April 2014

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...



I don't know if I'm right, but I suspect that French antique collectors are proudest of either their old walnut Armoires, or their large gilded Mirrors, and I tend to covet both myself.

Good quality old Armoires cost a bloody fortune, so, instead, in recent times I've had to satisfy myself with a much more affordable mirror. 

In fact I bought the above in two parts; the mirror itself, which was in a bit of a state, then the bronze gilded swag top-knot a few weeks later. With a wet day yesterday, it was time to assemble the two bits.

The mirror itself required quite a bit of work, removing unnecessary bits on each corner, very lightly re-gilding the moulding, and turning the whole thing upside down.

The swag was simply screwed into position.

The original mirror cost €20, exactly the same as the metal swag. Not a bad finished job for just €40.




16 comments:

  1. A bargain! And a beautiful one.

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  2. Wow, that was a bargain. C'est superbe!

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    1. Must now be worth at least €42.

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  3. A mirror fit for a king - good job Cro

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  4. "Magnon's Meanderings" has been included in Friday's Sites To See for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point many new visitors in you direction.

    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2014/04/fridays-sites-to-see.html

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    1. I'm not sure whether to thank you or not. I don't really want a whole bunch of god botherers out for blood!

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  5. Oh you do yourself down. Mirror, twenty quid. Top-knot, twenty quid. Magnon's touch, priceless.

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  6. A lovely mirror. I can't help noticing the beautiful rag rug on the floor. Another piece of art.

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    1. My late Swedish mother-in-law used to make them. Not these; hers are all now worn-out.

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  7. It's fabulous. I'm partial to gilt mirrors myself. I found one left by the roadside for garbage once. I made the toddler get out of the stroller and walk home so I could the too heavy to carry thing home.

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    1. Wow; lucky you. I dream of such things.

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  8. Love old mirrors! And yours is gorgeous.

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    1. It's slightly more 'old gold' than suggested by the picture.... The flash has added several carats.

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