Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mirror Mirror on the Wall and in the Hall...

Grande Galerie or Galerie des Glaces
My latest find...
Who doesn't love mirrors? Considered to be one of the  world's oldest accessories, they come in all shapes and sizes. With 3 girls in the house (excluding myself) I have them everywhere! In the 14th Century the invention of the mirror plate was invented which allowed mirror makers to produce flat, colorless glass. And leave it to the French to be the first to create the casting method which later enabled manufacturers to produce mirrors on a larger scale. By the mid 18th century, the mirror became an architectural device as a medium for reflecting light and magnifying space. Set into panelling, ceilings and gesso frames, mirrors became a staple in galleries, balls, banquets and our homes. The most famous example is the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles (French:Grande Galerie or Galerie des Glaces), which was copied all over Europe. The principal feature of this famous hall is the seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows that overlook the gardens. Each arch contains twenty-one mirrors with a total complement of 357 used in the decoration of the galerie des glaces (Verlet, 1985a). How many mirrors do you have? What style is your favorite? How are they displayed in your home, office, space? For the record, anyone who lives for decorating like I do, should obviously have the website for Versailles bookmarked. If not, here's a direct link to their website: http://www.chateauversailles.fr

1 comment:

  1. I have at least one mirror in every room of my house! EEk what does that say about me...I like the light it reflects, really! Doing a little post on my blog about industrial, and found your cool etsy stuff which I included in my post with a link to your shop.