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 Louis XV style carved giltwood salon mirror, 155 x 87 cm

A finely carved oval giltwood salon mirror, English, late 18th/early 19th century, 158 cm high, 103 cm wide

A Louis XV style gilded salon mirror, 20th century, 126 cm high, 61 cm wide

A Louis XV style giltwood salon mirror, French 19th century, with applied floral motifs, surmounted with a central vase flanked by putti, 215 x 132 cm

A giltwood salon mirror with applied swags and flower pods, surmounted by a floral wreath, 189 x 120 cm

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

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

A French painted giltwood salon mirror, surmounted with central pierced cartouche, late 19th century, 138 x 69 cm

A large French giltwood salon mirror, 20th century, surmounted with central shell and acanthus leaf motif, 190 cm high, 130 cm wide

A Florentine style giltwood salon mirror, French, late 19th century, surmounted with central cartouche depicting a classical figure flanked by two stylized exotic birds, 150 cm hgh, 75 cm wide

A large French giltwood salon mirror, 19th century, carved and pierced work throughout, 300 cm hgh, 90 cm wide

A large finely carved giltwood salon mirror, late 19th/early 20th century, 210 cm high, 130 cm wide

A large giltwood salon mirror, English, 19th century, 204 cm high, 152 cm wide

A large Victorian salon giltwood and gesso mirror, English late19th century, 218 x 120 cm

A sterling silver and bevelled glass salon mirror, French, circa 1910, 46.5 cm square

A very fine verre eglomise and bronze panelled salon mirror, French, circa 1900, 173 cm high, 104 cm wide

A pierced and carved oval giltwood salon mirror, 20th century. 132 cm high, 72 cm wide

A large gilt wood salon mirror, 19th century, the rectangular plate within an ornate pierced and carved scrolling acanthus leaf frame. Height 192 cm. Width 140 cm

A large Indian silver salon mirror, decorated with pierced scrolling acanthus leaves throughout. Height 162 cm. Width 110 cm

A French egg and dart carved gilt wood salon mirror circa 1880, 215 x 100 cm

A Napoleon III gilded rococo salon mirror, circa 1870, the rectangular surround with deeply carved flourishes throughout set with an original bevelled mirror. Height 110 cm. Width 68 cm

An antique French salon mirror with original water gilded finish, circa 1880 150 x 118 cm

An Italian renaissance style gilt wood salon mirror, 19th century, the rectangular plate within an ornate dual mirrored mount, the frame relief carved with scrolling foliate and floriate classical motifs; 176 x 96 cm

A small gilt wood salon mirror, Italian, late 18th century, the shaped plate within a pierced and carved foliate surround;. Height 65 cm. Width 50 cm

A Continental gilt wood salon mirror, possibly Italian, late 18th century, the shaped plate within an ornate acanthus carved surround; 100 x 85 cm

A George III style walnut salon mirror, late 19th century, the three sectional arch panelled plate within a scroll carved surround with an eagle cresting; 88 x 110 cm

A large and impressive Indian rococo sterling silver covered salon mirror 190 x 135 cm

Carved and gilded Rococco salon console table and mirror with heavy cross stretcher base, serpentine green on table top. (restored). Height 281 cm

A George III giltwood salon mirror. The segmented mirrored border, with applied gilt wood decorative motifs throughout and oval roundels to each corner.110 cm by 82 cm

An English giltwood salon mirror, 19th century, the shaped and bevelled plate within an ornate pierced and carved frame decorated with ribbon swags, medallions and foliate and floriate motifs. Height 124 cm. Width 80 cm

A large George III style giltwood salon mirror, 19th century, the oval plate within an ornate pierced and carved acanthus leaf and classical motif surround. Height 146 cm. Width 96 cm

A Florentine giltwood salon mirror, circa 19th century, the rectangular bevelled edge mirror framed with chamfered mirrored panels surrounded by foliate decoration and surmounted by ribbon clad putti

A 19th century gilt wood salon mirror, the rectangular plate within an ornate scroll carved and etched glass surround surmounted by a floral and foliate crest 169 x 97 cm.

A French provincial carved pine salon mirror, late 18th /early 19th century, the dual shaped plates within an ornately carved 'C' scrolled foliate surround, 71 wide. Height 130 cm

A 19th century gilt metal and Ebonized salon mirror, the cushion fronted bevelled edged plate within an ornate floral repousse surround 117 x 71 cm.

A giltwood salon mirror, 19th century. Height 85 cm. Width 59 cm

A good French gilt wood salon mirror, the oval plate within a fine beaded and leaf carved surround with an ornate ribbon crest and pendant acanthus leaf carving. Height 170 cm

A 19th century giltwood salon mirror, the bevelled rectangular plate within an egg and dart surround, having applied foliate decoration and an ornate central crest, 104 x 100 cm