Recently, I showed you the fabulous antique lantern I found at a local antique shop. I had asked the question "What happens when I find something that I absolutely love?" Am I content for awhile, or do I feel obsessed to continue the hunt to find what other treasures are out there just waiting to be discovered.
What do I do? I have a filing pile 7" high, and projects all over the house waiting to be started or finished. So what do I do???? I'm feeling guilty, BUT I also feel obsessed. So I get in my car and drive to my favorite local antique center, and guess what? I found this fabulous mirror. I loved the carving, the shape, the soft grey color of the background and the gilt that had mellowed with age. The mirror was bevelled and original. The tag said "Awesome Mirror from the Dodge Mansion Ca, 1790". Should I buy it? Do I need a mirror? Where am I going to put it? What will my husband say?
I really wanted to talk to the dealer to get more information on the mirror. The label said that it was from the Dodge Mansion. Meadow Brook Hall is often referred to as the Dodge Mansion and I wanted to know if this was where the mirror came from. Unfortunately, he was not available so I will try and catch up with him sometime in the future. In the meantime, here is a photo of Meadow Brook Hall which is often referred to as the Dodge Mansion.
The information below was taken from the Meadow Brook Hall - Dodge Mansion web site.
One of America's greatest estate homes, an icon of the automotive aristocracy, and the home of the founders of Oakland University
Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home of one the automotive aristocracy's most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, her second husband Alfred Wilson, a lumber broker and their four children, Frances and Danny Dodge, and Richard and Barbara Wilson. It exists as an indirect product of the achievements and good fortune of her first husband, automotive pioneer John F. Dodge, co-founder of Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company who quickly prospered in the burgeoning auto industry before his tragic death in 1920, leaving Matilda one of the world's wealthiest women. This fortune not only built one of America's finest residences and country estates, it also supported numerous Detroit charities and organizations, and made possible the founding of Oakland University.
Meadow Brook Hall was built during the country place era, a time when wealthy American industrialists pursued rural life in settings of great beauty. It represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America and is especially renowned for it superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale of 88,000 square feet. Inspired by the country manor homes in England, it was designed and built by the Detroit architectural firm of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls between 1926 and1929, at a cost of nearly $4 million.
Carefully preserved with original family furnishings and art, the 110-room mansion is elaborately detailed with carved wood and stone, ornate plaster ceilings, Tiffany stained glass, custom made hardware, and filled with fine and decorative art. Although the interiors reflect various historic styles, the house is equipped with every "modern" amenity appropriate to the active lifestyle of the Wilson's and their children.
Meadow Brook Hall was built on the 320-acre farm estate John and Matilda Dodge had purchased years earlier as weekend country retreat. The Wilson's expanded the estate to include 1,500 acres and several residences. For the Dodge and Wilson families, the farm estate provided a splendid setting for recreational activities and pastimes such as equestrian sports, motoring, and gardening and developed into one of the finest agricultural complexes, producing the finest lines of pedigree livestock.
Are you an "Antiqueaholic"? I'm sure there have to be others out there like me. How do we cure this addiction? Do we really want a cure? I would love to hear your stories, and about your favorite finds. Please post a comment so I can prove to my husband that I'm not the only "Antiqueaholic".