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

Continental style ceramic framed wall mirror. Provision for candles. Figure decorated. Some small losses. 84 x 43 cm

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

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

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

A 19th century French Louis XV style gilt overmantel mirror. 164 cm high, 106 cm wide

A Louis XV style foliate decorated composit over-mantel mirror. 164 cm x 110 cm

George III style stained beech fretwork wall mirror with gilded ho-ho bird cresting

French style bevelled edge wall mirror, approx 116 cm high, 78 cm wide

Rococo style carved giltwood mirror, the arched frame carved and moulded with scrolling foliage and leaves, top (A/F). Height 170 cm. Width 82 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Nancy Melick, NSW

Italian rococo style carved giltwood mirror, the arched plate contained within an ornately carved and moulded frame with a scrolling foliate crest surmounted by leaves and flanked by trailing foliage. Height 127 cm. Width 69 cm. Provenance: The Collection

A Louis XV style pierced and carved giltwood rectangular mirror, 138 cm high, 72 cm wide

A nineteenth century Sheraton style mahogany and giltwood framed mirror, the oval plate within a beaded and mahogany veneered surround beneath a corn husk and foliate crest, 125 cm high

A Carlos II style mirror, the rectangular bevelled plate within an egg and dart border, the frame with further astragal moulding and boldly carved scrolls, 160 x 208 cm

A Chippendale style mahogany fretwork and gilded wall mirror, scrolling fretwork to the top and base, the pierced arched pediment including a gilded eagle. 79.5 cm x 42.5 cm

A fine antique gilded Louis XV style mantel mirror, later 19th century. The large rectangular timber and moulded mirror richly decorated in the rocaille manner with shell, wave and floral motifs to the crest, and with similar undulating borders to the side

A 19th century George II style walnut & parcel gilt wall mirror, second half of the 19th century, with a scroll fret carved frame with parcel gilt eagle surmount, replaced mirror plate, 50 cm height x 51 cm width.

Regency style gilt mirror, approx 118 cm high, 73 cm wide

Antique French Louis XVI style giltwood and painted frame pier mirror, approx 152 cm high, 110cm wide

Small Empire style mirror of rectangular shape, with painted and gilt decoration. Height 52.5 cm. Provenance: Collection of Margot Montgomery

Georgian style wall mirror, 73 cm x 33 cm (frame) approx

Vintage Adam style oval wall mirror, approx 89 cm x 103 cm

A fine antique gilt frame mirror in the Adams style, 19th century. 167 cm high, 77 cm wide

An antique gilded French pier mirror in the Louis XV style, 19th century, the long elegant mirror having a shaped top with flowers and scrolling carved rocaille motifs, floral and leaf embellishments trailing down the channelled frame, with the original gi

A Georgian style mahogany wall mirror, early 19th century, with bevelled glass mirror framed inside boxwood inlay stringing, and veneered continuous leafy border. The top and bottom mirror decorated with inlay work depicting sea shells. Height 101 cm; widt

A 19th century wall mirror of French style with ivory paint finish and leaf, flower and scroll carved decoration in the French manner. Width 54 cm, height overall 102 cm

A Queen Anne style scarlet lacquer wall mirror, French, circa 1920. 145 cm high, 58 cm wide

A Liberty & Co style, Arts & Crafts hammered copper wall mirror, c.1900-1915, artist unknown. 63.5 x 78 cm

Ornate French style wall mirror with ormolu and Sevres style inserts, 88cm high, 53cm wide

A good 19th century George II style mirror, second half of the 19th century, with broken arch surmount flanking central armorial coronet cartouche, with leaf scroll and garland mouldings, 174 cm height x 91 cm width.

Vintage 1950's Venetian style wall mirror, approx 110 cm high

French style green and gild painted over-mantel mirror. Height 209 cm, width 106 cm.