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Monday 4th November 2013 at 06:32:32

When we found this mirror, it had been overpainted with gold paint - a very bad idea as gold paint goes a horrible dirty grey-brown quite quickly and makes the mirror look flat and dull.  So, many hours of careful paint stripping later, we had revealed this beautiful cream and terracotta frame with traces of gold leaf.  The flowers, leaves and shell decorations are now sharp and clean whereas before they were clogged up with old paint.  The mirror has the original mercury glass plates with some foxing in the central piece but it still provides a good reflection.

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