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Friday, February 20, 2015

A Favorite Mirror: the Trumeau

A classic furnishing that is undeniably French is the trumeau mirror.

Originally a large overmantel treatment of Louis XV and Louis XVI style, consisting of a mirror and painting, it later became detached and used as a decorative mirror on its own or in a composition with a commode or chest.  


This example hangs in my music room.  I purchased it from a friend several years ago who brought it back from France.


The painting on board depicts a romantic couple with soft but striking colors.  It retains its applied moldings, gold gilding and original glass.  It is very heavy and the back consists of planked wood.

The overmantel trumeau that hangs in my master bedroom below, is a reproduction from Drexel Heritage.  It’s common to see trumeau-style mirrors today without pictures or paintings utilizing molded panels instead.


I have seen many great examples in France and I’m always impressed at the variety of antique interpretations.  The trumeau continues to be popular due to its statement-making size and also its ability to fit beautifully into contemporary interiors.

I hope everyone is staying warm.  I am certainly looking forward to Spring as our wind chill temperatures in KY are falling to 20 below zero tonight with well over a foot of snow still on the ground.  Even though we have all four season, this is highly unusual!  Brrrrrr…..


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Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Thanks for the lesson about Trumeau. Yours are beautiful, even the reproduction. Try to stay warm, we are up to 14 this afternoon. Come on Spring:)

Sarah said...

Trumeau mirrors have always interested me, though we don't own one. Your examples are lovely, both the antique and the reproduction.
Stay warm!

Cynthia said...

I'm planning on making a full length one for our bedroom this year. I love these mirrors


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Beautiful, Kim! You have the most gorgeous pieces in your home. And your vignettes are awesome!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Love both mirrors and would hand either of them in any room in my house.
yes Ky has some cold cold weather.
I use to live in Paducah and still have friends there

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