Style-maven Martha Stewart landed a classic American giltwood mirror, which she spotted in Leigh Keno’s booth at the Winter Antiques Show in 2002. Its star status is evident in the branched, spiraling candle arms (double-sets!), the turn of its carved cornucopias, and a wide-winged eagle clenching a pair of chained acorns. Note that acorns, not balls, circle the glass. Flat glass, one of the mirror’s telling details, points to its American roots. The wood is another indication of its origin. "It’s entirely white pine, which isn’t the case with English frames," says Leigh, who dates the gilded beauty to 1815. Important American girandoles (mirrors wth branched candleholders) can bring up to six figures.
Photograph courtesy of Leigh Keno American Antiques