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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French neoclassical Boiserie Trumeau mirror 19th century parcel-gilt and cream-painted, with applied floral swags. Height 153 cm. Width 110 cm. Provenance: Collection of Margot Montgomery

Neoclassical carved giltwood Trumeau mirror early 19th century the egg and dart moulded cornice above a cream painted plaster bas-relief plaque depicting Naïades, Triton playing the conch shell and putti. Height 200 cm. Width 101.5 cm. Provenance: Collecti

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Impressive French trumeau mirror, fitted with a oval oil on canvas depicting ladies and gents in out door pursuits, above applied floral gilt wood swags, approx 247 cm high, 136 cm wide

French Trumeau mirror, approx 155 cm high, 97 cm wide

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Old French painted trumeau mirror, fitted with a still life oil, 167 cm x 98 cm

Trumeau mirror, approx 155 cm high, 97 cm wide

French trumeau mirror, approx 253 cm high, 97 cm wide

A French Trumeau mirror, the arched rectangular plate, surmounted by a painted panel of angelic cherubs in landscape, within a gilt and painted border. 161 cm high, 111 cm wide.

Good quality French gilt surround trumeau, approx 110 cm high, 47 cm wide

Antique French early 19th/late 18th century trumeau console mirror, approx 265 cm high, 60 cm wide

Antique French painted and gilt framed trumeau mirror, fitted with a shaped edge painting to the top section, 180 cm high x 110 cm wide

Fine antique French trumeau mirror, mounted with ribbon tied floral swags, and central glazed panel set with an antique engraving, all on a gilt high lighted cream ground, 184 cm high, 11 cm wide

French antique Louis XV style Trumeau mirror with painted panel above, approx. height 130 cm, 60 cm wide

Fine antique French trumeau mirror, fitted with a oil on canvas, couple on horse back in a rural landscape, 208 x 112 cm

A French 19th century Trumeau gilt wood mirror, the painted canvas depicting a courting couple in a landscape above a rectangular plate, within a border of scrolling foliate and shell rococo decoration.162 cm high, 90 cm wide.

French painted and giltwood trumeau mirror, 181 cm h x 117cm wide

A fine French late 19th century trumeau mirror with floral gilt decoration surmounted by a painted cupid panel

A French 19th century gilded and painted trumeau mirror the rectangular plate within a painted and gilt frame with an oval cherub panel

A French 18th century giltwood and cream-painted trumeau, surmounted by a painted canvas depicting a young lady holding a bird, within a carved scrolling foliate frame, the rectangular mirror-plate within a ribbon-tied reeded frame with floral garlands. Wi

A French 18th century giltwood and cream-painted trumeau, the painted canvas depicting a musician and dancers in a landscape, within a scrolling foliate frame, the shaped mirror-plate within a similar scrolling foliate frame, on a stepped cream-ground pain

An impressive French 18th century giltwood and green painted mirror en trumeau, the arched cornice above a military trophy, the shaped divided mirror-plate within a frame carved with palmettes and scrolling foliage, flanked to each side by a pilaster with

A rare decorative French early 19th century painted and gilt Trumeau mirror. 175 cm. X 100 cm

A Louis XV style gilt framed trumeau mirror, the upper section featuring an etching of an idyllic scene, 105 cm high, 49 cm wide

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French Trumeau mirror with oil gilding in the rococo style 184 cm x 108 cm

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