Antique Find: An Empire Mirror

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


We picked up this mahogany mirror in Maine at the Avalon Antiques Market (536 Bath Road, US Route 1, Wiscasset, Maine). If you find yourself in the area, this multi-dealer antique market is well worth the stop. If we had more room in our apartment, there were many pieces I would have gladly brought home.

The mirror was listed as an "Empire style," and I believe this style of mirror is called an "ogee mirror," named for the S-like curve to the wood frame. We debated between two similar mirrors at the shop and opted for this one, which was $25 cheaper than the other. Its glass was less clear, but the veneer was in better shape (even though the wood looked quite dry, which a couple coats of Howard Feed-N-Wax handily fixed).

The mirror's wood doesn't match our dresser, but that's fine by me. We hung it off-center to accomodate the room's light switch; a smaller mirror and a framed photo sort of balance the space. It's a big improvement over the frameless mirror I'd picked up on the street in the West Village a decade ago.

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