Our products are sold through fine furniture stores and designer showrooms around the world. Our catalog is made available to our stocking furniture dealers only. Please visit a fine furniture store near you to view a sampling of our product line, and our complete catalog. La Barge was founded by William La Barge in 1962. He started with a modest mirror line, and then developed the line to include accent furniture by the early 1970’s. The La Barge product line continues his passion for design leadership in hand carved and hand decorated mirrors, as well as hand crafted tables and accent furnishings.
Gesso is a paste-like material made of plaster or having similar characteristics to plaster. The material is used to add detail to the surfaces of wood and mirrors. It is quite flexible before it cures and can be handworked to provide additional detail to mirrors, and other accent furniture such as chests, occasional tables and armoires. Molding is the process of creating picture frame-like mirrors from wood. The process involves creating the long straight sides of the mirror first, then hand detail is added to the molded material and each is hand finished before the mirror is glazed into place.
Our products are handcrafted in small workshops around the world. La Barge designers develop ideas and search the world for the right artisan to execute the design. Mirrors and tables may come from Europe, North America and Asia, wherever the artisan may be found, to add form to La Barge individual designs. World-renowned carvers are found in Italy and Southeast Asia. Steel and ironwork is formed by blacksmiths from North America, Italy and Southeast Asia. Each La Barge mirror frame is an original; hand-tooled by mastercarvers. Any imperfections in the wood of this product are consistent with the natural characteristics of the wood and of the handcarving process. Dust the wood frame occasionally but never use wax, cleaning compounds, chemicals, or abrasives that can destroy the finish. We recommend that glass cleaner be applied directly to the cloth used for cleaning and wiped over the mirror. Glass cleaner should never be directly sprayed onto the mirror at the risk of damaging the frame's protective lacquer coating.
To learn more about La Barge visit their website at www.Labargeinc.com.