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Octagonal Czech Art Deco Mirror | Projecting Faceted Back | Medium

Czech Deco

The Eaves mirror is an interesting, sculptural Czech Cubist take on mirror design. Here, a slim brass frame lightly traces an octagonal shape, which is considered lucky in almost every culture. To us, the real design interest and decorative value is in the gemstone shaped black lacquer back, which is meant to be seen.

The mirror is about 4.5 inches deep, which means the facets project off of the wall by a few inches . This unexpected depth means you can see the pretty gemstone shape and that the mirror casts dynamic shadows onto the wall.

Its All About the Shadow and Crystalline Lacquer Back

We're in love with Czech Cubism, which became Czech Deco. Centered around Prague, this underappreciated school of International Art Deco understood the significance of cubism's breakthroughs, which shattered 400 years of Renaissance perspective.

Outsider to Art Deco's Parisian mainstream, they developed spiritual beliefs about the energy of things. You can see the development of these ideas in vintage buildings sprinkled around Prague's city center. Specifically, Czech Cubists thought good energy was released by splitting crystalline forms. In our case, that would be the mirror's gemstone back.

Boom. Crack. Modern and mythic. Shown: Large. Beautiful in groupings.

  • 19"dia x 2"d
  • Octagonal Front
  • Black Lacquer Crystalline Shaped Back
  • Brass Trim
  • Three Sizes
  • Good Energy!


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    Our craftspeople create their pieces using a wide variety of materials and finishes. Below are some suggestions for their care for them to maintain their beauty and provide you with many years of use and satisfaction.


    Avoid variations of sunlight, temperature and humidity. Placing a wooden piece in a room which fluctuates from being humid to being dry can cause the wood to crack as it absorbs and then releases moisture.

    * Avoid placing furniture directly in front of vents or wood may crack.
    * Avoid exposing your piece to strong sunlight which can change finish color.
    * Avoid writing directly on the surface of your piece or it may mark.
    * Avoid leaving water or other spills on your piece for any period of time as it may cause wood, veneers, and lacquer finishes to warp or bubble. Dab spills dry with a soft cloth.
    * Use coasters to avoid moisture rings.
    * Acetone and alcohol-based fluids can dissolve finishes and leave unsightly spots. This does not apply to mirrored pieces which are impervious to most spills.
    * Use undyed felt pads for anything that sits for long periods of time.
    * Anything hot can damage the finish. Always use protective pads under hot dishes and plates.


    Clean wood and lacquer with a soft cloth or duster. Avoid rubbing hard as this may produce tiny scratches. Ammonia can cause discoloration and dull the finish. Use glass cleaners only for glass and mirror.


    Wipe spills off marble immediately. As with most materials (except glass or mirror) use coasters to avoid moisture rings.


    Our grass cloth and cloth are sealed with a clear coat of lacquer.
    Both are pretty resilient but you’ll want to dust them frequently to prevent accumulations which can be more difficult to remove.If you spill, blot dry with a soft cloth.


    Our rattan is either natural or lacquered. To preserve the look of your rattan dust frequently with a dry cloth. Restore the shine with a soft cloth and a very, very small amount of furniture polish.


    Clean glass and mirrors with gentle glass cleaner. Avoid abrasive cleaners or using rough scrubbing material.

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