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( Above Photo: Chippendale Gilt Pier Mirror Ho Ho Bird )
Chippendale mirrors are named after Thomas Chippendale, one of the most prominent furniture designers of the late 18th century. These mirrors were not only highly functional but also extremely decorative. With a mirror at home, people could check their appearance. Also, a mirror was useful in creating space in a room and enhancing lighting.
Some 200 years before then, artists in Murano had made the first mirror and had it silvered in Venice. In England, the first mirrors were made in the 17th century. An artist would blow cylinders of glass, open and lay them flat before the silvering process.
By the time Thomas Chippendale appeared on the scene, the popularity of mirrors had grown into an obsession. The major change that came with Chippendale mirrors is the framing, which was made from the popular woods and featured chinoiserie, ornate, and other decorations. They were gilded in gold or had a paint or silver leaf finish.
( Above Photo: French Oval Mirror Gilt - Caryatids Classical Interiors )
There are many ways you can decorate your home using a Chippendale mirror. You can hang it in the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or living room for functionality and decorative properties. Here is how Chippendale mirrors can help you with decoration around the house:
( Above Photo: French Rococo Mirror Oval Maidens Head Gilt Frame )
When installed in a small room, a mirror can create the impression of a bigger space. It reflects the other walls making your room appear larger than it is. However, the mirror needs to be large enough – three-quarters of your wall and more. As you walk into the room, you’ll see it to be larger than it actually is.
(Above photo - Chinese Chippendale Gilt Mirror Ho Ho Birds )
Did you know that you can create a focal point in any room inside your home with a Chippendale mirror? Chippendale mirrors had elaborate rococo or chinoiserie gilded frames and can be great decorations. Once you have hung the mirror on the wall, put sconce lights on their two sides. With that, you can tremendously improve an otherwise plain room.
( Above Photo: Tall Adams Gilt Pier Mirror - Regency Hall Mirrors )
If your Chippendale mirror is small enough, why don’t you place it on the bathroom shelf or vanity? You can add some flower vases in between to have the mirror reflect the floral display. It’s the perfect way to attain the informal, shabby-chic look.
Do you have more than one Chippendale mirror? Why don’t you create rows of them in the hallway? You can have the mirrors clustered together or extend them down the hallway in a row. Even though costly, it is a perfect way of making the hallway feel wider than it is. With antique mirrors, you don’t need to add any other decoration.
( Above Photo: Big Gilt Mirror Arts and Craft Gothic Gilt Wall Mirrors 1890 )
Chippendale mirrors are beautiful pieces of art that you cannot avoid adding to your space. They have uniquely designed frames – either rococo or Chippendale. The edges are beautiful gilding, which makes them extremely attractive. If you’re looking for a Chippendale mirror to purchase, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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