Learn about Pier Glass

A long, narrow mirror in a carved frame, frequently gilded, intended to hang above a pier table or console table. A separate mirror, behind the table, frequently extended to the floor.

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

Fine antique 19th century French pier mirror, painted surround with applied giltwood decoration, the mirror with applied draped swags of flowers, giltwood frame with rope twist flowers, 191 cm high, 116 cm wide approximately.

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

Antique English Regency rosewood pier mirror, approx 78 cm x 51 cm

Antique 19th century English gilt surround pier mirror, tall narrow design with original glass

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

Italian giltwood pier mirror, carved pierced top, with birds and foliage, approx 110 cm high, 59 cm wide

Swedish parcel-gilt mahogany console and pier glass attributed to J. H. Dumraths, c. 1820 with ormolu mounts, the pier glass with an arch pediment with applied ormolu rosettes and leaf scroll corbels supported on leaf crested turned pillars and with applie

A Swedish Empire gilt bronze mounted flame mahogany pier mirror and console the two sectional mirror plate within a columnar surround, beneath a shaped pediment and gilt bronze lyre and acanthus leaf trophy, the rectangular lower section above a demi-lune

An 18th century giltwood and gesso pier mirror, well-carved frame with rococo surmount. Height 168 cm. Width 52 cm

Antique French Louis XVI cream gilt pier mirror with demi lune console table circa 1900 mirror, measures148 x 39 cm table - 78 cm high, 42 cmW

Antique European pier style mirror, Victorian printed scene to top panel. Approx 168 cm x 74 cm

Antique French pier mirror, with painted and gilt decoration and surround. Approx 190 cm high, 94 cm wide

An impressive 19th century gilt pier mirror the arched top with laurel and floral wreath decoration. Height 262 cm. Width 135 cm

Antique French pale green and gilt decorated pier mirror, with oval reserve to the upped section decorated in relief with a basket of flowers, 224 cm high, 142 cm wide

Antique French late 18th/early 19th century painted and gilt framed pier mirror, 87 cm high x 58 cm wide

Small scale antique Regency painted pier mirror, with decorated mirrored top section, 55 cm x 36 cm

A 19th century European small pier mirror with classical column frame, distressed mirror and upper painted panel of a house. Height 87.5 cm. Width 55.5 cm

A rare fine quality Georgian period mahogany pier glass, with beautifully detailed decoration, tubular half column mouldings on either side, basketweave detail across the top and acorn mouldings beneath the flat breakfront pediment. Maker's label on revers

A very decorative Murano peach clear and gold speckled glass pier mirror, Italian 1950. 127 cm high, 61 cm wide

A gilt wood pier mirror approximately 146 cm high, 44 cm wide

A substantial painted and giltwood pier mirror 19th century, and later, 260 x 172 cm; together with a separate base, 12 x 174 cm

Antique Georgian gilt surround Chinese Chippendale style pier mirror

Pair of antique George IV gilt and composition pier mirrors second quarter of 19th century (2), approx 103 cm high, 67 cm wide

A 19th century French pier mirror the gilded frame decorated with an adornment of flowers and leaves with a flared scrollwork base. parts missing. Height 180 cm. Width 114 cm

A George III gilt pier mirror, restrained form with double arched top, the parcel gilt finish with red/brown showing through, the original glass with wide bevel showing some signs of age. 92.5 cm x 47.5 cm

Fine antique Biedermeier pier mirror in ash & ebonised banding, 192 cm high x 72 cm wide

A giltwood-framed pier mirror, the rectangular plate within a frame decorated with applied husk pendants surmounted with a cavetto cornice and shell and scroll crest. Height 151 cm. Width 62 cm.

A Swedish neo-classical giltwood pier mirror, 1940s, the architectural frame carved with Classical and foliate decoration, contrastingly matt and burnished gilt. Height 119 cm. Width 50 cm

A pair of Louis XV style gilt wood Consoles and pier mirrors, each table with a rectangular marble inset top above a panelled apron carved with egg and dart borders and patera, raised on fluted supports United by a concave stretcher, together with a matchi

A Queen Anne style ebonised pier mirror 110 cm high, 42 cm wide Provenance Ken Bernard Smith collection, frame modern

An English giltwood pier glass, circa 1760, elaborately pierced and carved with acanthus leaves and flower pods throughout 169 x 75 cm

A giltwood pier mirror, probably English, 19th century, the rectangular shaped glass flanked with pierced giltwood panels depicting trailing harebells and flowerheads, surmounted with an urn and scrolling garlands 117 x 66 cm

A fine quality gilt-wood over-mantel mirror, English, circa 1830 the anthemion decorated frieze flanked by cinquefoils, the backboard bearing the trade label of 'Buchan & Sons, / House Decorators, / and Wholesale Glass Factors, / 159 High St. Southampton.

A Louis XVI style marble top gilt wood console and pier mirror, 19th century, the rouge marble top above an ornately carved and classically decorated apron with patera on fluted legs, the panelled cushion front mirror surmounted by a scrolling acanthus cre

A Louis XVI style marble top gilt wood console and pier mirror, 19th century, the rouge marble top above an ornately carved and classically decorated apron with patera on fluted legs, the panelled cushion front mirror surmounted by a scrolling acanthus cre

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