A small, framed mirror on a stand or supporting brackets, usually placed on a chest of drawers or toilet table, as a looking glass. There are many variants the frames may be square, rectangular, half round, oval or shield shaped. The mirror brackets usually stood on a platform base, sometimes with a marble top, and often with small drawers for jewellery beneath. The angle of the mirror could be adjusted either by tightening small wooden knobs on the brackets or else by brass thumbscrews. The supporting brackets during the Georgian and early Victorian periods were often turned posts, but during the mid-19th century Rococo revival they could be elaborately scrolled and carved. Collectors will also come across many small round mirrors, often framed in brass on an adjustable stand, which were generally used as shaving mirrors.
A Victorian mahogany shaving mirror, 19th century. of typical form with an oval mirror set in a channel grooved frame with curvaceous carved side supports above a shaped base with a small hinged compartment with a flush lid. Height 71 cm. Width 62 cm. Dept
A Victorian mahogany shaving mirror, second half 19th century, the oval mirror with curvaceous acanthus supports to a shaped base with a small oval hinged compartment. Height 81 cm. Width 66 cm. Depth 25 cm
A Victorian flame mahogany toilet mirror, second half 19th century, the arched mirror with spiral carved side supports with turned finials, raised on a serpentine shaped base and small squashed bun feet. Height 73 cm. Width 73 cm. Depth 27 cm
A Victorian mahogany barley twist shaving mirror, second half 19th century, the gently arched mirror in a simple unadorned frame set within barley twist side supports with finials to a shaped platform base. Height 55 cm. Width 55 cm. Depth 23 cm
A Georgian mahogany shaving mirror, early 19th century, of pleasingly simple form with restrained satinwood stringing, the rectangular mirror set within slender square form supports with petite brass finials above a box base with two double strung drawers
A George III mahogany veneer dressing mirror, 1780 the framed shield shaped mirror plate supported by shaped uprights over a cross banded serpentine base with three small drawers, on bracket feet, ivory escutcheon and handles 69 cm high, 45 cm wide, 19 cm
An Australian cedar dressing mirror on matched stand, 19th century a rectangular framed mirror glass supported between two turned supports, above platform base with moulded edge and standing on squat bun feet 60 cm high, 60 cm wide, 29.5 cm deep
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