This is the type of mirror you'll find in one of those French or Russian palaces. But one mirror like this will probably just be like a tiny piece of a puzzle in a cavernous mirrored ballroom.
I remember first seeing huge framed mirrors in a restaurant in Makati more than ten years ago. I don't even remember the name of the restaurant, but the interior space was deeper than it was wide and the very ingenious interior designer installed large horizontally framed mirrors on the wall, leaning down away from it--the way old portraits lean away from the wall. The imposing mirrors reflected the diners on both sides.
The Baroque frames were nicely gilded and they didn't look like tacky reproductions in shiny gold. I also remember thinking, if ever this place closes, I would love to buy one of these mirrors.
The place eventually shut down, but I never found out who owned the place, much less what happened to those mirrors. I can't bear the thought of these mirrors languishing in someone's bodega.
This is the size I need
Ever since that time, the image of a huge mirror has been embedded in my mind. And now, I have the perfect place for it at home!
When my husband asked me why I was so obsessed with a chandelier before, my lips just moved to what my soul dictated: "I just need a chandelier in my life." Well, now it seems it needs a Rococo-inspired Louis Philippe mirror too. I especially like the one below on the right with the beading. At least my soul knows that it doesn't need a real antique. It's smarter (and more practical) than that.
This calls for a trip to Pampanga to see how I can get this carved up. I'm on a new quest!
If anyone has ideas or can recommend good suppliers, leave me a comment.
photocredits: None of these photos are mine. I collected them from the internet and can't remember the sources.