This is a wonderful, if simplified version of a particular type of mirrored frame. These particular mirrored frames used to be made, exclusively, in Venice. At the Toronto Interior Design Show of about four years ago, a vendor proudly declared to me that his company always has their Venetian-inspired mirrored frames made in China. I must admit that I felt disappointed to hear that news. Venetian glass, you see, has always carried a certain cache that the Chinese manufactured product has not yet achieved. No doubt the Chinese can create this type of mirrored frame much more cheaply than the Venetians, but part of the Venetian appeal was its expense and therefore its relative rarity in anyone's home apart from those who were fortunate enough to have inherited an example.
In this example, a regular marble-topped vanity has been given a decidedly urbane and sophisticated edge just by using this old industrial process, polished chrome.
In order of appearence:
Perfect English. Ryland Peters & Small. 2007. photography by Chris Tubbs.
Hunt Country Style. Rizzoli, New York. 2008. photography by Paul Rocheleau.
American Modern. Abrams, New York. 2010. photography by Laura Resen.