The first known mirror was made of polished obsidian, and provided just enough of a reflection to check out your caveman hairdo. We’ve come a long way from those days, but our fascination with mirrors has stayed the same. However, finding the right one or knowing what to look for at a flea market is another matter entirely. Prime yourself for purchasing the perfect mirror with this helpful guide. We promise you’ll love your reflection even more once it’s educated.
One Kings Lane Carved Wood Chinese Chippendale Mirror ($1275)
Chippendale Mirrors – Often smaller, more decorative mirrors featuring Gothic or Chinese themes.
Concave - When the glass is curved inward, and then coated, creating enlarged reflections. Most commonly used in small vanity mirrors for grooming.
Georgian Mirrors – A simpler and more architectural design often featuring a broken pediment, side scrolls, and lacy details. Very refined and proper.
Wisteria Sunburst on the Scene Mirror ($299)
Starburst Mirrors – Features a frame that radiates outward from the center. Perhaps first seen in Jan van Eyck’s 1434 painting “The Arnolfini Portrait,” but made popular during the midcentury modern period of the 20th century.