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 carved round giltwood wall mirror, French, 19th century, 60 cm diameter

A large and finely carved rectangular wall mirror, French, 19th century, 187 cm high, 122 cm wide

A large decorative giltwood wall mirror French, 19th century, 195 cm high, 113 cm wide

A Louis XVI giltwood wall mirror, French, 18th century, 92 cm high, 53 cm wide

An unusual cast iron and brass nautical wall mirror, French, 19th century, 36 cm high, 25 cm wide

Rare antique 19th century gilt mirror with laurel crest surrounding an armorial of axes and helmet, (.127) 83 x 49 cm The Crest Phrygian - Cap of liberty and Fasces axes bundle wrapped in rods. Symbolism of the French revolution. The laurel wreath is emble

A large French giltwood Bijouterie case, with an elaborately carved frame raise on four reeded tapering legs joining to a cross base. Electrified. 80 x 132 x 45 cm.

Fine quality 19th century French giltwood and gesso overmantel mirror

A Louis XV style giltwood hall mirror, 20th century, 110 cm high, 80 cm wide

A small brass repousse mirror embellished with shell and floral decoration, French, 19th century, 56 cm high, 33 cm wide

A gilt wood over mantle mirror with central pierced floral motif, French, 18th century, 120 cm high, 64 cm wide

A small pierced gilt wood mirror, French, early 18th century, with central floral motif, original plate, 75 cm high, 45 cm wide

An impressive salon mirror and marble top console, French, 19th century, with central pierced crest embellished with flower pods and laurel leaves, 260 cm high, 85 cm wide (mirror), 46 cm high, 102 cm wide, 32 cm deep

An oval gilt metal mounted mirror, French, circa 1920, 50 cm high, 43 cm wide

A Louis XVI gilt wood over mantle mirror, with central urn decoration and applied flower pods, French, 18th century, 110 cm high, 70 cm wide

An important gilt wood over mantle mirror, French, early 18th century, with central acanthus leaf motif flanked by ho-ho birds and embellished with central coat of arms, original plate, 180 cm high, 93 cm wide

A Louis XV carved gilt wood mirror, French, 18th century, 122 cm high, 72 cm wide

A pair of girandole gilt wood mirrors, French, 19th century, embellished with masks, shells and flower pods, with original plates, 78 cm high

A gilt wood over mantle mirror, French, 18th century, embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves and central floral bouquet, original plate, 120 cm high, 68 cm wide

A gilt wood and gesso over mantle mirror with central ribbon and flower pod mount, French, 19th century, 122 cm high, 78 cm wide

A Louis XV carved gilt wood mirror, 18th century, 70 cm high, 46 cm wide

Antique French gilt surround mirror, approx 146 cm high, 87 cm wide

Antique French 19th century pier mirror, ribboned tied crest, approx 76 cm high, 55 cm wide

Vintage French trumeau mirror, painted and gilt surround frame, approx 168 cm high, 97 cm wide

Large French gilt surround mirror, with pierced shell and foliage central crest, approx 177 cm high, 128 cm wide

Vintage French Girandole marble topped circular table, with pierced gallery to edge, approx 69 cm high, 62 cm dia

Most impressive & large antique French gilt surround mirror, approx 180 cm high, 120 cm wide

Antique French oval giltwood mirror, decorated with ribbon tie to top, approx 78 cm high, 59 cm wide

A French gilt wood framed cushion front mirror, the bevelled plate within a foliate etched mirrored surround, surmounted pierced crest.

A 19th century gilt gesso on wood wall mirror of French Louis XV style, with a slightly arched leaf, shell and scroll pediment and a wide bevelled edge. Width 110 cm, height 165 cm

A French rococo revival gilded mantle mirror, circa 1880-90s, the arching mirror with a bevelled glass, having a floral encrusted frame and a rocaille crest. Height 156 cm. Width 103 cm

A French salon mirror, circa 1880, 151 x 118 cm

A large Louis XV style carved giltwood over mantel mirror, 19th century, 156 x 87 cm

An Empire style gilt framed mirror, French, 19th century, 137 cm high, 89 cm wide

An ebonised gilt mantle mirror, late 19th century, the rectangular mirror of Louis XVI inspiration with extended corners and decorated with rope twist trims, beading, star paterae and applied husk motifs, surmounted by an ornate pierced rocaille crest. Hei

An Art Nouveau bronze Japonaise dragon mirror, circa 1900., probably French, the solid bronze easel back mirror of cushion form with an asymmetrically positioned bevelled glass, applied dragon and trailing floral motifs in relief to two corners, one with a

A Louis XV style giltwood console mirror with carved foliate frame. 106xm high, 80 cm wide.

A French rectangular ornately decorated giltwood wall mirror. 122x63 cm