Replacing the Mirror on a Vintage Wardrobe?

The mirror on this dresser was cracked so I took it off. I like the look of the door, but am wondering if it's more valuable to replace it.


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November 4, 20191 found this helpful
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You have an amazing Art Deco "Waterfall style" chiffarobe. It is called waterfall style because of the rounded drops at the edges of all horizontal surfaces, intended to mimic a flowing waterfall. This is the most favorite style of those of us who adore the art deco vibe! SO LOVELY!! Great handles also!

In some circles (mostly big cities like New York City, LA, maybe even Miami) a piece like this could get up to $1,500 in an auction setting. A person selling it on his/her own most likely will not get that much. The seller needs to be a reputable one with a wide audience who can deliver the piece intact to its new home.

Pieces that fetch the most money are totally intact and original (mirror, handles, etc.). That you removed the mirror and replaced it will need to be disclosed if you are selling it because some people want the pieces to be all original even if it is damaged.

You will fetch more with a replacement mirror but be sure that the mirror is to period--meaning if the original mirror had beveled edges, the replacement needs to also or if the original had black line etching, the replacement needs to have it. It needs to be restored to period, not just slapping on a cheap mirror to cover the wood.

You have an amazing piece!! I hope you are in a big city where you can fetch a nice sum for it!

PS, you will need to factor in the cost of the mirror in the resale cost, so it may pay NOT to and take less for the sale and let the new buyer spend the money for a mirror. Mirrors (at least one to period specs) are not cheap and that would cut seriously into your profits.

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November 3, 20191 found this helpful

I cant seem to find this exact dresser. I have googled the inscription on the back, but nothing comes up. I personally think replacing the mirror would increase the value. It breaks up the look of all wood, giving it some character. I think this dresser could be fabulous! You could even stain it or refinish it. You could whitewash it and paint the handles a beautiful gold to keep the antique feel alive. Or if you prefer the wood it is now, that would be great too. If wanting to keep it the same color/finish, I would replace the mirror and either try to do a trim on the mirror in the color of the handles & also recoat the knob on the door to match as well. Or find a way to just put a mirror on there with no trim to give it a modern antique feel.

I think whatever you decide to do will look great. Its a beautiful piece of timeless furniture that you can keep forever. Or sell if youre interested. I know a lot of people are interested in these types of pieces to buy and refinish/whitewash/etc.

Good luck with your piece!

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November 4, 20191 found this helpful

I would have the mirror replaced because it will keep the original character of the piece. The fact that this is not the original mirror needs to be mentioned.

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November 4, 20191 found this helpful

If you are looking to sell this and get money for the piece the mirror should be replaced. I would actually remove the trim and place the mirror back on the door and then put back up the trim. Other than this if you are keeping the piece I would leave it how it is. I like the look without the mirror and I think it adds to the piece like it is. I would not put the mirror back on if it was mine.

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November 8, 20191 found this helpful

Put the mirror of right size would be appropriate otherwise how it will make it usage and valuable

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