In the lantern reveal post I gave a sneak peek at a new mirror I found at an estate sale.
While I bought it thinking it might go in a bathroom I couldn’t resist trying it out in the entry. A true sign of a great piece is that it can work in several places.
I spied it on estatesale.org at a sale being held in Dallas. Since it was tucked behind some chairs in the photo I almost missed it. I originally thought it might be a fleur de lis design since I could not see the top of the mirror.
Other photos for the sale convinced me to go. I could tell it was going to be a quality sale.
I went on the first day of the sale and really had to hunt to find the mirror. It was tucked behind even more chairs.
It was a lovely gilded piece and way beyond my budget. I walked away. But before I left I inquired if they accepted bids on pieces. They did. So just like the family room rug I left a bid. It was probably a rather insulting bid in that it was so low. But I had a suspicion that given that the mirror was hidden behind several chairs it was probably going to be overlooked by most people attending the sale.
Then I came home and looked up Prince of Wales feather designed mirrors. Now some of you may be wondering what is the difference between a fleur de lis and a Prince of Wales design. The fleur de lis is French in design. It is closely linked to the French monarchy. It’s origins may stem from the baptismal lily used in the crowning of King Clovis I. The word itself translates as “lily flower”. In the reign of King Louis IX the three petals of the flower represented faith, wisdom and chivalry. The center of the design is generally shown strait up. The two side “petals” can either be curved to the side (top of image) or drooped over (center of image).
The Prince of Wales feather are from the crest of the Prince of Wales. It consists of three white ostrich feathers emerging from a gold coronet (crown). The feathers all fall forward at the top just as an ostrich feather would in real life. The design is linked back to the 1300’s when it was first used by Edward, the Black Prince, eldest son and heir of Edward III of England. Occasionally there are two additional feathers shown in the design.
The Prince of Wales feather image has been used on the two pence coin and numerous other items linked to royalty. Most famously on the signet ring worn by the Prince of Wales.
This is a Prince of Wales mirror that is Rococo in design. Rococo is French for “seashell” and you can see the seashell design at the bottom of the mirror. This beauty sold for $950 on First Dibs.
Here is another Prince of Wales mirror that is currently for sale at Ruby Lane for $2,400. It is considered to be done in the Regency fashion (also known as French Empire).
Some of the features of the style are:
Extensive brass inlay and ormolu accents
Motifs from Antiquity: lyres, laurel wreaths, acanthus leaves, mythological creatures
I believe the mirror I purchased is more Georgian Neoclassical in style with a touch of Roccoco.
Elements of the Neoclassical style include:
Straight or rectangular lines
Fluting & reeding throughout
Low-relief classic Greek and Roman ornament such as husks, vases, swags, urns, griffins, and the anthemium or honeysuckle design.
Mr. Décor liked the light it provided an otherwise dark corner so much that he hung it up in the entryway last night.
Happy Friday friends!