Category Archives: Mirrors & Girandoles

Two Small Mirrors

Bobby Cranston, a lovely old man whom I employed for many years back in Ireland, had a wonderfully rich repertoire of witticisms and colourful colloquialisms. If someone in our company shared a joke, Bobby’s typical riposte was “Tell us another … Continue reading

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A pair of George II Walnut Girandoles – Part Four

I have seen girandoles, mirrors and sconces that were suspended by string or wire twisted round nails hammered into the backs of the frames, or even the sides (which will at least keep girandoles and sconces vertical on the wall), … Continue reading

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A pair of George II Walnut Girandoles – Part Three

The stock for the frames is pine which is cross-veneered on the outsides with the same 5/64″ (2mm) thick walnut veneer as the frets and the top is faced with 1/4″  (6.4mm) thick cross-grained walnut blocks. I made the stock … Continue reading

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A pair of George II Walnut Girandoles – Part Two

I sawed some 5/64″ (2mm) thick walnut veneer and glued it, book-matched, onto some pine. The patterns were then drawn onto the veneered boards and the frets cut out. The frets awaiting their frames. The edges of the frets were … Continue reading

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A pair of George II Walnut Girandoles – Part One

Girandole is one name given to a free-hanging branched candleholder, but more commonly refers to a wall-hung looking-glass with one or more candle branches. Fig. 1. George II Walnut girandole with brass candle branches, circa 1750. The light from a … Continue reading

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