Mirrors For Business and Pleasure
I love those beer, booze and cocoa cola mirrors you see with varying degrees of authenticity. These days most of them are modern reproductions, badly printed but still with some old style charm.
Initially it was after the Great Exhibition of 1851, with the centre piece of Crystal Palace which encouraged techniques for cutting designs into big sheets of glass and early examples of brewery branded glass panels and mirrors started to appear.
In the 1870s a technique called back painting became popular and introduced the use of colour. This is the same reverse painting technique I use on Tara Cole Mirrors. The painting is done on the back of the glass or mirror and painted in reverse, so the outlines and details go on first and the lettering is backwards. When you turn the piece over the front is smooth and the artwork is protected on the other side. It works particularly well with gilding work.
Fancy glass and mirror became a kind of sponsored decor, the cheapest way to deck out a bar interior with decorative glass would be advertising mirrors - paid for and subsidised by the breweries and distillers. The Brilliant Sign Company established in 1893 would churn out scrolled and gilded mirrors from their base in London's Grays Inn Road for virtually every bar in London and the surrounding areas.
In the US it was a similar story but the spirits and beer salesmen would give the mirrors as free gifts to their customers after ordering. These advertising mirrors served two purposes, decorative and as menus reminding customers what was available behind the bar.
It wasn't long before everyone from telephone companies promoting their long distance calls to chocolatiers where using the naturally eye catching properties of decorative mirrors.
Of course I can paint anything on a mirror it doesn't have to be an advertisment, a hand painted and gilded mirror sign or decorative mirror is a really eye catching and unusual way to promote a business or add a real talking point to a home or business. They can be framed in original antique frames, vintage style or just plain quirky whatever suits your interior style.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements.