Friday, August 5, 2011

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

metal mirror with cherubs
Metal Mirror with Cherubs
Today I wanted to share a fancy high relief metal mirror I bought at a recent estate sale. 

Cherub detail on pewter mirror
Cherub detail on mirror top
The mirror's solid metal frame has four cavorting cherubs playing among elaborate scrolls and small flowers, reminding me of some Valentine fantasy.  The mirror glass is nicely beveled.  I was drawn to the mirror because of it's fun vintage styling.  
metal mirror with cherubs
Right corner cherub and scroll

I am saying this mirror has vintage styling, because I don't believe the mirror is very old at all.  The frame and mirror has a very "fresh" feel to it.  

metal mirror with cherubs
Edge Detail
The metal is shiny on the back, and has been blackened on the front, (possibly to mimic tarnish.)  The metal has a pewter feel to it, but if the metal really was pewter I think the surface finishing on the front would have been more even.  (I guess I think pewter would be fairly expensive).  The mirror is 20.5 inches by 15.5 inches (52 cm x 40 cm) at the widest dimensions.

What clinches my "recent product" guess is the back - a mirror glued in fast with fat runs of white silicon glue, with the contemporary thick black cardboard "dual use" frame back glued on over the mirror.  (You know the dual use frame thing - the frame can stand alone or be hung on the wall.)  Sorry, I didn't think to take a picture of the back.


Either way, I liked this mirror, and the price was under $15 for a fun piece.  It makes me smile.  What would you consider the style of this piece - baroque?  Victorian?  Shaker?

Let me know your opinion or if you have seen a similiar mirror for sale somewhere.

metal mirror bottom edge detail
Mirror Scrolls on bottom edge
Other fun details - I bought this with no idea where to hang it, so I hung it in my master bedroom (for now.)  There is a full length mirror within 3 feet of this mirror on another wall.  This mirror really would look better if it wasn't hung on a white wall - the dark finish is kind of too dark and I kind of wish it were lighter.   I hung the mirror about 2 inches too low, after struggling to center and hang it for about 1 hour.  AND, as I just now searched the mirror for a label, I now have to re-glue the mirror in.  ;) 

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23 comments:

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hmmm...Let's see. The style I think this is is just plain beautiful. Your mirror was a great find for a super great price. Thanks so much or sharing. I just love it.

Paula

Kelly_Deal said...

What a beautiful mirror! I love the cherubs!
Kelly

Pamela said...

What a great piece! I would love to have you over for Treasure Hunt Thursday sometime!

Sherry said...

Oh, what a beautiful mirror! Love the cherubs. Such a great price too! :) Thanks for linking it at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

suzieQ said...

I think you found a very fun piece. What makes me chuckle is the fact that 5 years ago, I wouldn't have wanted a piece like that at all and now, I would hang it in my home if I found it. How our tastes change!

Connie said...

Love that fancy framed mirror. You won't be sorry you bought it.

Barbara F. said...

That is a fabulous piece and the price, wow! I am thinking it looks Victorian. Visiting from Seasonal Sundays, xo (I love the photos in some of the older posts, esp. the DC post with the Capital Bldg., really great)

pollymarie said...

Defenitly Baroque or Victorian. And as for the Cherubs.... they look a bit like Cupid. The Shakers were celebate! I absolutely love the mirror myself though, a wonderful find, and a modern colour!

The Tablescaper said...

Love this mirror!!! It's great to have you being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Snap said...

Great mirror and fun find! It makes your heart sing! YeeHaw! Have a great week!

Babs said...

Darling mirror and so unusual with the dark color of the frame. I'd say you found a treasure.
Happy Sunday,
Babs

Jeanne Selep said...

I love SusieQ's observation of the ways tastes change over time. It is so true. In 3-5 years will I no longer like this piece? Time will tell.

I threw in the "Shaker" guess as a joke - I wonder if any people chuckled when they read that.

Emily said...

I love a great mirror and yours is fab find. I love the color on the metal and that it is metal. The cherubs are the icing on the cake. Thanks for sharing your lovely mirror.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

wow what a great find and really I love that color! It almost looks like nickle doesn't it!
Terry
PS you have a great blog by the way!

Jamie said...

Lovely. If you get a chance I would love you to link your mirror up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

www.designgivesback.com said...

I love the cherubs, they add such a great touch! Thanks for sharing. We hope you will consider helping kids with cancer by linking into the Miracle Makeover party this coming week
at www.designgivesback.com. Together we can change things! We appreciate you.

Love,
Sherry, DGB Team

Kathy said...

Wow! This is amazing! You've found quite a treasure - love the details!
Kathy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a beautiful mirror. I love all of the detail on it. Such a great find and the price is unreal. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Spirited Shannon said...

nice find!! It will be great too, if you ever find it doesn't match your change of decor, to paint it and voila! New again! It's great how things find new life.

Love it!

http://www.spiritedshannon.com

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a treasure you have!!! Love it! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a treasure you have!!! Love it! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

LV said...

Regardless of the age of the mirror, it is still very pretty.

very merry vintage style said...

It's beautiful--great find! Thanks for linking to Share the Love Wednesday!
Mary