NOVICA White and Red Reverse-Painted Glass and Wood Framed Wall Mounted Round Mirror, ‘White Star’
I adore this intricate mirror from NOVICA. The frame is painted in the reverse glass painting technique, where glass is handpainted on one side, and then reversed for display. This makes the colors seem incredibly vibrant, combining the beauty of stained glass with the vibrancy of a painting.
The detail on the mirror is incredible. The white background has a pearlescence to it, which makes it quite versatile. The edges are highly detailed, making it easy to match with either traditional or modern decor. The coppery gold gilding makes it an impressive piece, yet the floral motive adds a bit of whimsey.
I purchased the item because I thought it was beautiful, but initially, I didn’t know where I would display it. At first, I thought about placing it on a wall near a large Peruvian painting with similar colors. As beautiful as the two items would have been together, this mirror is commanding enough that it would have been too much to have two showstopper pieces together. After trying a few other spots, the perfect place became evident: on the brick wall in the kitchen. We have multiple antique copper pieces and the copper-gold tones of the gilding pick up beautifully when places with other display items. It also reflects the tones of the Tiffany light fixture and the colors of the two play off of each other beautifully around sunset.
About the Artist: Asunta Pelaez learned her craft from her husband’s family and started honing her trade when she was seventeen in the Andes. She uses simple tools like basic brushes, but her process is intricate and meticulous as she creates her beautiful pieces. She uses India ink, tempera paints, and purpurina, or gilt, and creates stunning designs inspired by local illustrations. Thanks to NOVICA’s microfinancing, she can employ several women!
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I received this item at a discount for testing and unbiased review purposes.