I'm excited because I'm finally going to order my mirror from Betis Crafts, a local supplier in Pampanga. After scouring flea markets in Europe-- trying to figure out how to ship stuff home and then trying to control costs, it made sense to just look for something here.
This was my mirror post almost two years ago. Life took over and I wasn't able to focus on finding a mirror. But it's been too long, and my yearning for a mirror has not waned. Time to take action.
My own great-grandfather was originally from Guagua, Pampanga, and was a pioneer in furniture-making. The House of Puyat had a very good run and in its heyday, was supplying some of the most prestigious addresses and commercial establishments in the States, Europe and the Middle East.
My great-grandfather's sons and grandchildren pioneered other businesses with similar success, unfortunately the furniture business did not continue. That statement alone could sprout another coffee table book, plus encyclopedia, plus telenovela. But this is a blogpost about my mirror...
My old bedroom furniture is dispersed in different homes and bedrooms now--because who wants a matched set, right?
When B and I were first married, he showed me the dining table in his grandmother's house--it was impressive, and it was by the House of Puyat. The long, beautifully-carved Louis XVth dining table had 22 matching oval-back dining chairs with very fine proportions. This intrigued me because I was only familiar with Puyat furniture from the 70s onwards. This table was probably ordered in the 50s, or even earlier.
I turned the chairs around and on the back, I saw the curlicue-cursive House of Puyat Logo embossed on oval metal plates. I had never seen the Puyat logo on metal plates because the furniture in my dad's house only had the updated modern logo on a sticker.
The next time I saw those chairs were a few years later after they tore down B's grandmother's house. The table went to an aunt, but the chairs appeared in my mother-in-law's house, newly upholstered and refinished. I admired the new upholstery, but mourned the loss of the patina. But the real tragedy was when I turned over the chairs, and in the place where the oval plates once were was just a small indentation and two tiny nailholes. The metal logo plates were gone!
B doesn't even remember ever seeing the metal plates. There must be big business among unscrupulous refinishers and woodworkers of removing these original metal plates and transferring them to other furniture, passing them off as original Puyat furniture. What a shame.
But this is supposed to be a post about my mirror...
Maybe I should go to Betis while they are carving my mirror. I would love to do a beginning, middle and "now-installed" post on it.
From this variety of mirrors you can already see the range of carving Betis Crafts can do. They will even gilt-finish the mirror for me.
I wish I had more walls in my house to have these beautifully carved mirrors. Channeling Versailles. Lol.
And finally, this is the mirror I am having made for my living room. I think they'll be able to execute this with no problem.
I can't wait.