Friday, June 10, 2022

The Seashell Mirror & Chinoiserie

Mark D. Sikes


 I love the combination of a beautiful seashell mirror and chinoiserie, whether blue and white Chinese porcelain, celadon, chinoiserie wallpaper, rattan, or faux bamboo. Vintage seashell mirrors are wonderful, but can be very expensive. I previously posted on one at 1stDibs that was over $22,000.


Jenny Keenan - Coastal Living


Kara Hebert Interiors


Alessandra Branca


via Chinoiserie Chic


The Style Saloniste


Here are some wonderful options in seashell mirrors, all very well priced. Click on the captions to link. I especially like the one just below - it looks very vintage.


Marigot Shell Wall Mirror
 

It reminds me of this one that sold at 1stDibs that was listed for $22,500.


20th Century Venetian Style Grotto Mirror

Large Round Oyster Shell Mirror


Seashell Oval Mirror






22 comments:

  1. Beautiful collection Beth! Thanks again friend r your inspiration.

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  2. I love a shell mirror too. I fell in love with one here in Naples soon after we had purchased our home. I needed so many things for the house and the price of the mirror was an eye opener, so I decided to create my own. I am thrilled with how it turned out and it saved me almost two thousand dollars. I shared my how to's if you are thinking about creating your own. https://www.becolorfulcoastal.com/2018/04/glam-meets-coastal-an-easy-diy-shell-mirror.html

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    1. Simply brilliant, you did an outstanding job! Thank you for your DIY link, game on, I'm doing this.

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    2. Thanks for posting this. I am the opposite of a DIYer. I even had a professional hang every single piece of art in my home. But I'm sure many will be inspired to try this.

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    3. Thanks for sharing this link. I have been entertaining the idea of making my own for years!!

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  3. LOVE everything here. The coral trellis wallpaper is one of my considerations for a powder room, wish I could afford a shell mirror. Always adored those, they make me happy just looking at them. Perhaps I might try my hand at creating one on a smaller scale to see if it's even possible to pull something like that off by a mere mortal.

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    1. Wondering if you clicked on my links - they are quite affordable!

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    2. I didn't originally...my favorite was in the Kara Hebert Interiors and that was not a live link so I gave up. Now that you mentioned it, you are right...not bad at all although Pamela June quite inspired me to tackle this on my own, so we'll see. But I have coveted these mirrors for a looooong time.

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    3. The links are always for the available products I feature, not for the interior designer inspiration rooms.

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  4. I found a Grotto mirror at an estate sale in Palm Desert - bought it for $400! 1st Dibs always has crazy prices. Sadly, when I downsized the mirror had to go...

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    1. Oh no!!! That's why I didn't downsize. LOL. 1stDibs is just an online marketplace for antique dealers; they don't set the prices. Some dealers get those prices.

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  5. I have to add...my husband, the party pooper, who does 95% of the dusting around here made a snide comment that the mirror will be impossible to dust and and is bound to accumulate years and years of dust and grime in the bathroom. I said fine, I can live with that. I've always been able to see the forest especially when I'm wild about it.

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    1. He is completely wrong. I am the most meticulous housekeeper in the world and it is all about dusting consistently and with the proper duster - I have a collection of dusters - feather, lambswool, and fine bristles for every surface.

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    2. What about those cans of compressed air - "gas busters" - that people use to clean their computer keyboards? It seems like that would work well on shell mirrors as well as other small, hard to access spaces.

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    3. A soft duster as I suggested is the best choice.

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  6. Great post! You have opened my eyes to the beauty of shell mirrors

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    1. Yes, they can go kitschy/tacky, but can also be very elegant.

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    1. Incredible. It looks like it's a garden chair to me.

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  8. The one in the Kara Hebert bathroom is my favorite, perhaps because it looks a bit more natural and less studied than the others. That bathroom with the coral and white wallpaper and brass light fixture is just beautiful!

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    1. Interesting, I prefer the more formal examples.

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