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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Antique French 19th century cushion shape mirror, 180 cm cm high, 108 cm wide

A large and decorative cushion mirror, the multiple glass panels with painted gilt floral decoration, the wooden beaded frame also in gilt. some cracks to one or two panels. 180 x 120 cm

A verre eglomise cushion wall mirror French /Venetian, circa 1940 80 cm high, 58 cm wide

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

Antique French giltwood and gesso cushion mirror, fitted with scrolling foliage to the crest, approx 120 cm high, 76 cm wide

Antique French gilt surround cushion mirror, of canted shape, with central floral crest, approx 111 cm high, 91 cm long

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

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

Fine antique 19th century French pierced gilt wood surround cushion mirror, approx 113 cm high, 97 cm wide

Antique French carved oak cushion mirror, approx 106 cm high, 72 cm wide

Antique gilt surround cushion mirror, approx 137 cm high, 88 cm wide

A French gilt wood cushion mirror, late 19th century the water gilded mirror surmounted by a foliate scrolling crest, centred by an ovoid cartouche, with a beaded and scrollwork frame, 136 cm high, 102 cm wide

Antique French cushion mirror, stepped gilt surround with central foliate crest

A large 19th century French giltwood cushion mirror, the central bevelled mirror surrounded by eight smaller angled bevelled mirrors, the gilt frame with foliate scrolling, the floral and scrolling top with the addition of a floral wreath. 54 cm x 120 cm

A large 19th century French giltwood cushion mirror, the large central bevelled glass framed with four smaller angled bevelled glass mirrors, the giltwood frame decorated with foliate scrolling, the top with the addition of a floral wreath, losses to the f

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

Antique 19th century giltwood surround cushion mirror, flower encrusted urn crest, approx 160 cm high, 93cm wide

A giltwood cushion mirror, French, 18th/19th century of rectangular form, surmounted with a foliate scroll and shell crest 173 cm high, 98 cm wide

An oval gilt and painted cushion mirror, 20th century. 112 x 63 cm

Fine antique French cushion mirror, approx 181 cm high, 105 cm wide

A late 19th century Venetian cushion front mirror, the rectangular glass plate with foliate etching and mounts. 164 cm high, 101 cm wide

A Venetian style cushion front wall mirror, the bevelled plate within a mirrored surround, each corner with an etched glass embellishment, 126 x 127 cm

A finely detailed Flemish cushion wall mirror, 19th century. 66 cm high, 56 cm wide

A fine French gilded mirror in the Louis XVI style, 19th century, the cushion shaped mirror with a scrolling pierced crest and a central shell motif, a decoratively moulded frame with fleur-de-lis motifs to the upper corners and scrolling leaf motifs throu

Antique French carved walnut surround cushion mirror, approx 127 cm high, 80 cm wide, 8 cm deep

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

Antique French carved oak cushion mirror, with carved crest, approx 120 cm x 77 cm

Antique French Henri II carved oak cushion mirror, approx 136 cm high

Antique French marriage dome with central red velvet fabric cushion & hand painted mirror, approx 49 cm high

Antique French gilt wood cushion mirror, 134 cm high

Antique French carved oak Henri II cushion mirror, 130 cm high, 90 cm wide

Small antique brass cushion mirror, approx 55 cm x 34 cm

Antique French carved oak cushion mirror with applied armorial crest, approx 170 cm high, 73 cm wide

Antique French gilt surround cushion mirror, approx 115 cm high, 79 cm wide

A fine Victorian cushion rectangular mirror, 19th century, of typical form with the central bevelled mirror within a double frame with angled mirrors and decoratively mitred corners, a finely moulded and pierced crest with grapes, foliate and scroll embell

A fine mid 19th century gilt wood wall mirror, the rectangular bevelled plate within a foliate scroll carved frame with raised foliate carved corner decoration and four vacant cartouche decorations, surmounted by a Royal Crown on a cushion, 168 cm wide, 27

Fine antique French gilt surround cushion mirror, mounted with large C scrolls with a pair of birds, 212 cm high x 112 cm wide

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