I would place it in our living room or perhaps the front hall. And no, we don't need it. It's been in the shop since summer and I was shocked to still see it there today - her stuff moves fast. But the price is a little steep, so I might make her a lower offer.
Here's a closer view:
The bottom (blocked by the lamp) does not have the same flourish of detail as the top but is just rounded (like the sides). I find it quite pretty and odd.
I don't care for the gilded (gold) colour and would consider painting it. To get a feeling for what it would look like painted, I photoshopped the photo to show different paint colours.
Metallic Chocolate Brown (I love this):
White (not so much), but cream might be nice!
Black metallic (nice also)
I'm even considering a grey or taupe:
The possibilities are endless. But I'm wondering:
(i) do you like this mirror (or is it too granny)?
(ii) do you think it's a crime to paint it (it is an antique and has a lovely crackle to the glaze)?
Opinions are always a helpful reality-check, so give me yours!