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The French have been responsible for some of the most beautiful mirror designs over the course of history. French antique mirrors have a certain style which is hard to replicate, and they look good in a variety of rooms around the home. Although you may associate one particular look with French antiques, you’ll find a wide array of mirrors to suit all types of decor. Check out our collection online here at Vinterior and you could find the perfect piece for your home.
Discovering your style of French antique mirrorMirrors are an essential part of any home, but this seemingly small accessory can have a major influence in your decor. As well as providing a sense of space and air, the style of your mirror is also important. Traditional, retro, contemporary – there’s lots of designs available but for sheer elegance and sophistication it’s hard to surpass French antique mirrors.
The exact look and style of French antiques can vary; here’s a quick guide to the different types you might find:
One of the most famous styles of French design, Rococo mirrors are nothing short of flamboyant. Featuring cabriole legs most often combined with escargot feet, Rococo was at its peak in the 18th century. Originals are highly sought after and very valuable, but even reproductions from the 18th and 19th century are considered to be antiques and in-demand. Extremely decorative, often with a shell crest sitting on the top of the mirror, Rococo is a very individual and distinctive style.
Henri II mirrors are in stark contrast to those from the Rococo era as they feature strong geometric lines and an almost structural look. Decorations included straight lines, a quiver and a torch; these mirrors were often made from mahogany or other dark woods. With an almost masculine appearance, French antique mirrors from Henri II period work well in rooms such as studies or even more utilitarian bathrooms.
Often referred to as neoclassical, Louis XV antique mirrors were highly detailed and ornate making them the perfect choice for a feminine bedroom. Delicate motifs, scrolls and floral carvings were all very typical of this style, creating a romantic appearance. The court of Versailles had a large influence on Louis XV trends, creating mirrors which were the epitome of elegance.
Louis XVI combined both Rococo and Henri II, offering a pleasing balance of stark lines and decorative elements. Strong angles and columns featured carved elements such as flowers and bows, creating a highly attractive mirror which suits many styles of decor.
These mirrors were designed between 1830 and 1848 and were striking despite not being highly decorative. Often made from dark woods such as oak, mahogany and walnut, Louise Philippe French mirrors had rounded, softer lines that made a real statement in a classical style.
The last of the styles from this era, Charles X antique mirrors moved away from the darker colours, instead using much lighter woods. Often referred to as renaissance design, these mirrors were made between 1852 and 1870 and featured a number of different decorative elements from the previous eras but in a more subtle and understated way.