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 pair of faux tortoiseshell chinoiserie mirrors, early 20th century, with later bevelled glass mirrors, 64 cm x 40 cm

A petite late 18th century Venetian mirror, painted in the Chinoiserie style in parcel gilt and vermillion. The rococo shield shaped carved frame surmounted by floral and cloud form pediments. 66.5 cm x 45 cm. Along with an associated mahogany, lead weight

A Chinoiserie overmantel mirror surmounted by a marquetry helmet with floral finial, 19th century, 130 x 108 cm

Pair of Chinoiserie cushion shaped wall mirrors each surmounted with carved and gilded putti and scrolls, approx 134 cm high, 56 cm wide

A Chinoiserie pierced giltwood mirror, English, 18th century. 106 x 63 cm

A rare red Chinoiserie lacquer wall mirror, English, circa 1700. 104 cm high, 70 cm wide. Provenance: John Dunn Antiques, Melbourne

Antique Georgian gilt surround Chinese Chippendale style pier mirror

Black Chinoiserie wall mirror black lacquer with Chinoiserie panel of an elephant and village scene. Height 147 cm width 102 cm

A pair of Chinoiserie red lacquered and gilt wood mirrors, each with a bevelled rectangular plate within a red lacquered surround painted with figures, foliage and pagodas, beneath a shell and foliate carved crest, 161 x 61 cm.

A pair of Chinoiserie giltwood girandoles surmounted with stylized pagoda and elaborate scrolling and foilate decoration through out each with two candle apertures 84 cm long

A fine and large gilt-wood wall mirror in the Chinese Chippendale manner, English, 19th century

A black Chinoiserie lacquer wall mirror English, circa 1920 68 x 102 cm

A Chinoiserie black lacquered wall mirror, the bevelled rectangular plate within a surround painted with vignettes depicting figures and pagodas 106 x 60 cm

A Chinoiserie black lacquer wall mirror with gilt decoration 6564 cm

A rare English Edwardian wall mirror, the rectangular plate within a satinwood and Japanned frame with Chinoiserie decorated gesso surround. Height 195 cm. Width 101 cm

A small Florentine style mirror surmounted by carved gilt within a Chinoiserie decorated frame.

A Chinese Chippendale style Chinoiserie decorated pier mirror and bracket, early 20th century, the rectangular plate with a painted panel surmounted by a pagoda top and standing on a lobed wall bracket, the mirror 47 cm wide, 94 cm high, the bracket 44 cm

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