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

Antique French wall mirror with pressed metal surround, 84 x 45 cm approx.

A repousse brass and original crimson velvet cushion wall mirror Italian, 18th century 112 cm high, 64 cm wide

A gilt metal sunflower form wall mirror French, circa 1950 diameter 86-90 cm

Antique European repousse brass cushion mirror, scrolling crest showing a Baccus figure on C scrolls,approx 77 cm high, 46 cm

A large Regency circular giltwood Girandole, the circular mirror emanating four brass sconces, surmounted by an elaborate foliate and scrollwork crest, 125 x 108 cm total height and width

A George l carved giltwood landscape mirror, circa 1710, the later triple plates within a strap work leaf carved frame, flanked by scrolling acanthus leaves, surmounted by griffin heads, with gilt brass candle sconce sockets, 61 cm high, 131 cm wide

A good repousse brass, glass and ebony cushion wall mirror, Flemish 18 th /19 th century, 133 cm high, 78 cm wide

A pressed brass and glass cushion wall mirror, Flemish 19th century, 85 cm high, 55 cm wide

Antique French cushion mirror with brass floral borders, approx 61 cm x 36 cm

Wall mirror Peirced metal frame Italy, c. 1940s. 71 cm high, 54 cm wide, 2 cm deep

Pair of wall mirrors pair of aesthetics movement wall mirrors with original glass carved wood with brass details Australia c1890s. 84 cm high, 62 cm wide, 3 cm deep

An impressive gilt metal sunburst mirror French circa 1950, 125 cm diameter

A very fine verre eglomise and bronze panelled salon mirror, French, circa 1900, 173 cm high, 104 cm wide

Antique mid 19th century French repousse brass and copper cushion mirror, approx 122 cm high, 67cm wide

A decorative gilt metal framed wall mirror, rectangular shape, the frame modelled as bamboo; a slender internal frame mimics the outer one. 91 cm x 51 cm

A gilt metal circular sunburst wall mirror, Italian, circa 1950. 59 cm diameter

French twin candle wall sconce, with bevelled mirror and engraved brass panels on velvet, C1880

A European gilt metal framed mirror, the bevelled glass set within a frame of open acanthus scrolls, surmounted by a pediment cast as a mask of Bacchus. 90 cm x 130 cm

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 Art Deco style oval wrought iron framed wall mirror with a bevelled plate, beneath a foliate crest, 94 cm high

An Art Deco style wrought iron framed wall mirror, the diamond shaped plate housed in a fan shaped wrought iron mount with stylised foliate pierced decoration, 115 x 145 cm

An Art Deco style wrought iron framed wall mirror the diamond shaped plate housed in a fan shaped wrought iron mount with stylised foliate pierced decoration, 115 x 145 cm

An Empire style mantel mirror, with an architectural style cornice dotted with stars and a central flower above pierced fan motifs and trumpeting angels, the sides further embellished with pendant gilt bronze motifs in the late 18th century manner. Length

French parquetry wall mirror with gilt metal mounts, late 19th century. 200 x 105 cm

French Empire style mahogany mirror, with gilt metal mounts, approx 93 cm high, 61 cm wide

Antique Bronze wall mirror, approx 45 cm high, 28 cm wide

A French pressed gilt brass mirror, 19th century, 70 x 42 cm

A Victorian cast iron hall stand the pierced back cast with mask heads and anthemion roundels centred by a mirror, above two umbrella stands with drip trays and a marble top drawer, two Victorian registration stamps to the reverse, 221 cm high.

A marble topped girandole with ormolu frieze and brass mounts, French, 19th century, 79 cm wide, 45 cm deep, 75 cm high

A parcel gilt framed mirror in the French manner, the frame surmounted by a cresting eagle flanked by groups of military trophies and with further military spoils decorating either side at the base flanking shell ornamentations, the decorative elements fin

Vintage brass & marble console & mirror, approx 220 cm high (including mirror), 102 cm wide

Curtis Jere for artisan house, birds metal wall mirror, signed and dated

Antique French mid 19th century ebonized and gilt metal girandole with rope twist inlay, approx 79 cm high, 39 cm wide

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