The Starburst Mirror - Page 2
Growing up, my aunt had a similar design in a clock positioned over her sideboard in the dining room. As I researched, I found some interesting facts about this mirror design. It dates back to the 1400s, evolved in 17th Century France, carried through the French Revolution, went mainstream on the Parisian café circuit in the 1940s, and is now widely reproduced for people like us—the modern-day consumer. During the Revolution, these designs displayed a circular center of saints and holy figures haloed by celestial rays. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “…it didn’t take long for antiques dealers and collectors to buy those vacant sunbursts for a song, slip mirrors into the cavities (the center) and launch what would become a vogue in the 20th century."
And voilà… now they are vintage chic and one will soon be in my sitting room.