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 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
A neoclassical French mahogany shaving mirror, 19th century, the oval mirror in a channel moulded frame set within curved supports with relief carved panels and key frets flanked by fluted columns surmounted with anthemion motifs, the spreading shaped base
A lady's French silver plated dressing table mirror, mark of Boin Tabouret, Paris, circa 1895 The bevelled triform mirror having a reeded frame decorated with bullrushes, iris and scrolling foliage with an ovoid cartouche to the top inscribed 'Melba', with
A Victorian flame mahogany toilet mirror, 19th century, the arched framed mirror with pierced and scrolled side supports to a breakfront base, the central lidded compartment of ogee profile and flanked by small drawers of conforming styling, with small scr
A George III mahogany toilet mirror, circa 1810. The rectangular plate with moulded frame and supports with brass finials and adjusters above a bow front base with feather banding, ebony and satinwood stringing and three drawers, on ogee bracket feet, 54 c
An unusual string inlaid cedar and pine toilet mirror, Tasmanian, circa 1840, 72 cm high, 59 cm wide, 28 cm deep. Literature: Australian Furniture: Pictorial History and Dictionary, 1788-1938, Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press Ptd Ltd, Woollah
A Victorian mahogany toilet mirror, later 19th century, the square framed mirror with simple scrolled side supports and raised on a serpentine shaped stepped base with small decorative feet. Height 62 cm. Width 53 cm. Depth 25.5 cm
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