Learn about Mirrors

Small handheld or wall mirrors were not made in England until the beginning of the 17th century. Until then, most were imported from Venice. The celebrated Vauxhall glasshouses were opened in the 1660s.

At first, hand blown techniques were used, but the glass showed a great many imperfections, particularly when used for mirror making. Glass casting, where the molten glass was poured on to a bed of hot metal and rolled, was introduced in France in the later 17th century, but it was not until 1773 that the British Plate Glass Company was incorporated. From then on this glass tended to supplant the French imports.

Initially the mirrored pieces were relatively small and a large carved frame frequently had to incorporate glazing bars to accommodate several pieces of glass. After the mid-18th century improved techniques meant that large plates could be produced, and one supplied by Chippendale measured 231cm by 146cm.

Bevelling techniques, in which the edge of the plate glass was ground to a forty-five degree angle and polished, were not used on a wide scale until after 1750. more...

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A Louis XVI style giltwood overmantle mirror, French, 19th century, 230 cm high, 160 cm wide

Exceptional antique 19th century French gilt surround mirror, well decorated crest with scrolling flower heads and central cartouche, 163 cm high, 106 cm wide

A George III gilt wood framed wall mirror with a rectangular plate beneath a carved foliate, 97 cm high, 52 cm wide. Provenance: Clonlara, East Melbourne, Victoria.

A Thallon framed gilt mirror, circa 1930, with an internal measurement of 57 x 49 cm.

A Continental rococo style giltwood wall mirror, c.1900 with later mirror. Height 130 cm. Width 72 cm

A French gilt bronze and white stone mounted table mirror, circa 1870, 45 cm high, 50 cm wide

A Continental giltwood over-mantel mirror with applied acanthus leaf decoration throughout, 20th century, 139 x 84 cm

A French painted giltwood salon mirror, surmounted with central pierced cartouche, late 19th century, 138 x 69 cm

A French Louis XVI style gilt gesso cushioned mirror, with pierced and carved cartouche decorated with central bird and flower pods, 179 x 92 cm

A large French giltwood salon mirror, 20th century, surmounted with central shell and acanthus leaf motif, 190 cm high, 130 cm wide

A Florentine style giltwood salon mirror, French, late 19th century, surmounted with central cartouche depicting a classical figure flanked by two stylized exotic birds, 150 cm hgh, 75 cm wide

A large French giltwood salon mirror, 19th century, carved and pierced work throughout, 300 cm hgh, 90 cm wide

A Victorian rectangular gilt wood over-mantel mirror, 90 x 75 cms

A rectangular wall mirror in gilt wooden frame, 88 x 63 cm

An excellent French gilt-wood and finely carved mirror, 18th century, 270 cm high, 127 cm wide

A large continental carved and gilded walnut pier mirror, circa 1870, 260 cm high, 138 cm wide

A Neo-classical carved giltwood marble top console and mirror, French, 19th century, the mirror 189 x 160 cm, the console 91.5 cm high, 184 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A fine Napoleon III timber gilt wall mirror, mid 19th century. the elegant rectangular mirror in the Louis XVI style with the original bevelled plate surrounded by a narrow bead, the top rail having a gallery with finials centred with a shield and cornucop

Rococo style gilt-wood mirror, of circular shape, height 128 cm width 111 cm

Quality large ornate gilt mirror measures 124 cm H x 88 cm with acanthus leaf border

Large antique French giltwood mirror, carved raised decoration to the side, 189.5 cm high, 117 cm wide

Advance Australia gilt framed mirror, late 19th century, 79 x 63 cm

An Italian walnut and gilt gesso mounted mirror, first half 20th century, the square form walnut frame with applied gilt, gesso rococo style mount, 130 x 96 cm

A large Italian gilt framed mirror, early 20th century, with rococo scroll frame and later mirror, 123 x 149 cm

A large and decorative cushion mirror, the multiple glass panels with painted gilt floral decoration, the wooden beaded frame also in gilt. some cracks to one or two panels. 180 x 120 cm

A pair of Louis XV style carved giltwood mirrors, French 19th century, 140 cm high, 95 cm wide

A pair of Spanish painted and gilt mirrors, 19th century, 72 cm high, 59 cm wide

A large and impressive Spanish gilded and ebonised mirror, 18th century

An impressive Louis XVI carved, painted & gilded mirror, circa 1785, 220 cm high, 100 cm wide

Antique destressed painted framed mirror, stepped design with gilt trim, approx. 90 cm x 80 cm including frame

Restored French Napoleon III mirror, black and gilt trim, approx. 133 cm x 88 cm

Overmantle mirror, with decorative gilt and white painted decoration. Height 1750 width 110 cm. Provenance: from Mollies Boutique hotel, Auckland

Gilt framed over mantle mirror, with ribbon pediment. Height 1,600 width 1,200. Provenance: from Mollies Boutique hotel, Auckland

Gilt framed over mantle mirror, the frieze decorated in low relief with a hunting scene. Length 1,20 cm. Provenance: from Mollies Boutique hotel, Auckland

A pair of fancy 19th century French gilt plaster girandole wall mirrors, each with a central bevelled oval mirror flanked by display sconces, another above, elaborate swags and leaf detail, an angel decorated bracket below supporting the four scrolling arm

A Chinese silver gilt filigree framed mirror, the glass of circular serpentine shape set within a filigree frame decorated with coral and turquoise beads in rub-over mounts, the reverse with conforming beads framing a mesh panel with cloisonne cloud and ba

A fine quality powder blue and gilt gesso rectangular wall mirror French, circa 1925 161 cm long, 86 cm wide

A gilt wood circular sunburst mirror, Italian, circa 1950, 50 cm diameter