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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Zodiac mirror | Unknown designer | Finesse Originals, United States of America | 1970s (?)

Another example of the maximalist designs of Finesse Originals.  This large mirror is  are made of fiberglass and resin with a sturdy metal frame. My post of May 5, 2010 focused on a similar mirror by Finesse I called the “Poseidon.”  The theme of this mirror is the zodiac.

It is large and was difficult to ship at 4 1/2 inches thick at its thickest and 38 inches across at its widest.  It weighs in at about 30 pounds (almost 14 kg).  The combination of weight and size made this piece prohibitively expensive to ship via UPS or other traditional carrier.  Fortunately there is  a Greyhound station within a few miles of my house so this was a terrific option.

Zodiac mirror, Finesse OriginalsFinesse Originals Zodiac mirror.  There is a US $5 bill at upper right for scale.

Zodiac mirror, Finesse Originals

Above is a picture of the back of the Zodiac mirror.  Visible is the mirror backing, the metal support ring, and the hanger, which is very sturdy.  Just to make sure, I put two 100 lb hangers (shown at right) in my wall about six inches apart to support the structure. 100 lb picture hanger

Zodiac mirror, Finesse Originals                           Some of the detail of the zodiac mirror.

Zodiac mirror, Finesse Originals                                 Signature on the Zodiac mirror.

Zodiac mirror, Finesse OriginalsThe mirror has an antiqued finish.  It is not clear, but cloudy or mottled in appearance.  This is original.

Zodiac mirror, Finesse OriginalsHere is the mirror on my wall.  The wall is painted in metallic silver, which contrasts nicely with the gold finish on the piece.


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12 comments:

Susan said...

Hello. I have been search for years for some information on a Finesse Originals mirror I have. It is about 3-4 feet tall by about 2-3 feet wide. Elaborate flower pattern. I was told it was fiberglass and was from the 1950's. Do you know where I might acquire additional information? I can send pics.

Anonymous said...

i am searching for information about a Finesse Original i purchased for my son at a flee market a few years back, its 46 inches by 38 inches, it is of a knight on a horse , its in very very good shape. I was wondering where i might find some information on it, i have searched the web and have seen some other finesse originals but not this one,

Anonymous said...

I found the floral pattern mirror recently at a garage sale for $35.00. I think I scored. It is an unbelievable piece of work

Anonymous said...

I was given a floral frame back in the 80's from a cousin. I've always wondered if it was worth anything. It also says Ofinesse originals on the top of the frame. Any suggestions on who to ask for advice?

Anonymous said...

i had the same questions about this same mirror that i purchased. i need to know where i can the value of it?

Anonymous said...

I have a Coat Of Arms, 48"Wx32"Hx5"D. It's a lg shield with a lion on it, with 6-50" arrows crossed behind the shield drapped with banned & rope. The lion was molded seperately. Fiberglass, weighs 30+lbs. Stamped C Finesse Original. Info found:In 1965 a federal trade mark was filed for Finesse Displays, Inc. expired in 1985. Reg.#0793769 trade Mark #72209922 I have found 10 pieces on the net, located in CA. NJ. FA. OH. how many were made? We net a web page to gather info on

Anonymous said...

I have the poseidon mirror. Really cool mirror, i have no idea however the value. It was ina a funeral homes inbalming room. real freaky. please contact me. 812-249-3630 Mike

It is in mint condition and is for sell

stephanie said...

Hello, I have the identical gold zodiac mirror. It was my mothers as she studied astrology. It was purchased from a furniture store in the 70s. I'm one of 5 children and no-ones fighting me for this lol. It still looks brand new-I love it, thanks for sharing

Ed said...

I have the skyline of New York, Twin towers and Cental Park. 60-38 Black back ground, silver city. any info on this ( Finesse Original) contact 832-243-4618

Anonymous said...

I have one for sale exactly like the one in the picture. joe at jhornblend@live.com

Anonymous said...

I HAVE THE POSEIDON MIRROR , ITS 40 INCHES WIDE AN 10 IN. DEEP. LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE THE PICTURE ON THIS SIGHT. IM WILLING TO SELL TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. EMAIL ME AND ILL SEND YOU A PICTURE.ITS IN GOOD CONDITION AND HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF. rickrock69@yahoo.com

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