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 gilt metal marble top console and mirror, 20th century, the console 81 cm high, 86 cm wide, 35 cm deep

French Gothic revival cast iron Tracery, 19th century, converted to a mirror, height 174 cm width 100 cm. Provenance: The Country Trader. Private collection, 54 Park Street Spa, Sydney,

A rectangular pierced brass wall bracket mirror with two hinged candle sconces, 40 x 20 cm

Antique mid 19th century French repousse brass and ebonized slip cushion mirror, approx 138 cm high, 87 cm wide

A Flemish embossed brass and tortoiseshell cushion front mirror, 19th century, 123 x 101 cm

An impressive gilt metal flowerhead form circualar wall mirror, 122 cm diameter

A pair of cut mirror glass and bronze wall lights, Italian, circa 1900, mirror 53 cm high, 25.5 cm wide, 15.5 cm deep

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

An antique brass repousse cushion mirror, 19th century, a central bevelled glass surrounded by canted glass panels set within a richly embellished repousse frame with palmette and vegetal borders, with floral embellished corners and surmounted by an arched

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

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

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 French gilt bronze and white stone mounted table mirror, circa 1870, 45 cm high, 50 cm wide

Antique French wall mirror with pressed metal surround, 84 x 45 cm approx.

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

A gilt metal sunflower form wall mirror French, circa 1950 diameter 86-90 cm

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

A large Regency circular giltwood Girandole, the circular mirror emanating four brass sconces, surmounted by an elaborate foliate and scrollwork crest, 125 x 108 cm total height and width

A George l carved giltwood landscape mirror, circa 1710, the later triple plates within a strap work leaf carved frame, flanked by scrolling acanthus leaves, surmounted by griffin heads, with gilt brass candle sconce sockets, 61 cm high, 131 cm wide

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

Wall mirror Peirced metal frame Italy, c. 1940s. 71 cm high, 54 cm wide, 2 cm deep

Pair of wall mirrors pair of aesthetics movement wall mirrors with original glass carved wood with brass details Australia c1890s. 84 cm high, 62 cm wide, 3 cm deep

An impressive gilt metal sunburst mirror French circa 1950, 125 cm diameter

A French wrought iron mounted console mirror signed G Gorie, 153 x 175 cm

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

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

A decorative gilt metal framed wall mirror, rectangular shape, the frame modelled as bamboo; a slender internal frame mimics the outer one. 91 cm x 51 cm

A gilt metal circular sunburst wall mirror, Italian, circa 1950. 59 cm diameter

French twin candle wall sconce, with bevelled mirror and engraved brass panels on velvet, C1880

A European gilt metal framed mirror, the bevelled glass set within a frame of open acanthus scrolls, surmounted by a pediment cast as a mask of Bacchus. 90 cm x 130 cm

A Swedish Empire gilt bronze mounted flame mahogany pier mirror and console the two sectional mirror plate within a columnar surround, beneath a shaped pediment and gilt bronze lyre and acanthus leaf trophy, the rectangular lower section above a demi-lune

An Art Deco style oval wrought iron framed wall mirror with a bevelled plate, beneath a foliate crest, 94 cm high

An Art Deco style wrought iron framed wall mirror, the diamond shaped plate housed in a fan shaped wrought iron mount with stylised foliate pierced decoration, 115 x 145 cm