Friday, May 23, 2008


Bonjour and welcome to today's visit to l'Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today's subject of interest
is mirrors.  “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the loveliest of them all?”  Well often, the
mirror itself can be the “loveliest” single contributor to a composition of an entire wall of
decorative and architectural features.  Mirrors, though they are framed like major works of
art which are static, have the ability to be ever changing as they reflect various other light
sources, or often a reflection of a beautiful view which changes as you change positions in
relationship to it.  Some old mirror plates, mainly those beyond 150 years of age have a
patination called in the trade, “diamond dust” which has taken place.  This effect gives the
impression of tiny sparkles of reflected light (think Tinkerbell) scattered across the reflected
image.  This effect is most pronounced when the mirror reflects candle light or direct
sunlight and can be quite magical.  In new homes which may not have many windows with
natural light and views, a large mirror, strategically placed opposing the extant windows can
function almost like an added window and therefore enhancing, balancing and even
“enlarging” the space.

Here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques we currently have a selection of about 45 mirrors in a wide
variety of sizes (10’’ to 10’ tall), ages (17th to 19th century) and enframing materials (bois doré,
painted wood or waxed woods).

Let the mirrors in your home be a reflection of your “bon goût.”

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests you might have by telephone
(337) 332-2852, e-mail, or visit our website at

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith

Visit the Au Vieux Paris Antiques homepage (click here)
Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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