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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Antique French gilt wood cushion mirror, 134 cm high

Antique French carved oak Henri II cushion mirror, 130 cm high, 90 cm wide

Small antique brass cushion mirror, approx 55 cm x 34 cm

Antique French carved oak cushion mirror with applied armorial crest, approx 170 cm high, 73 cm wide

Antique French gilt surround cushion mirror, approx 115 cm high, 79 cm wide

A fine Victorian cushion rectangular mirror, 19th century, of typical form with the central bevelled mirror within a double frame with angled mirrors and decoratively mitred corners, a finely moulded and pierced crest with grapes, foliate and scroll embell

A fine mid 19th century gilt wood wall mirror, the rectangular bevelled plate within a foliate scroll carved frame with raised foliate carved corner decoration and four vacant cartouche decorations, surmounted by a Royal Crown on a cushion, 168 cm wide, 27

Fine antique French gilt surround cushion mirror, mounted with large C scrolls with a pair of birds, 212 cm high x 112 cm wide

Antique French Henri II carved oak cushion mirror. 111 x 83 cm

A William and Mary floral marquetry and walnut cushion wall mirror, English circa 1690 58 by 46 cm

A Venetian cushion mirror with rectangular plate within banded of gilt glass spiral border. 140 cm high, 74 cm wide.

A French pressed brass cushion shaped mirror, circa 1920, with an arched foliate and floral pediment, the central cushion mirror within a double frame with angled mirrors and mitred corners. Length 56 cm. Width 32 cm

Antique French gilt framed cushion mirror, 203 cm high, 122 cm wide

An elaborately carved and pierced French giltwood framed cushion front mirror 20th century, 226.5 cm high

A late 19th century French gilt cushion mirror the oval plate banded by small plates within a scalloped frame surmounted by baskets of flowers and foliate. 130 cm high, 110 cm wide

A pair of Flemish style repousse brass and glass cushion mirrors, French,19th century. 90 cm high, 55 cm wide

Antique French Henri II carved oak cushion mirror, with carved crest with two lions, 110 x 90 cm

A Victorian mahogany toilet mirror, 1860s/'70s, the cushion-framed rectangular plate swinging between a pair of turned and reeded supports with carved scrolling out-swept feet joined with a turned stretcher. Height 70 cm. Width 62 cm. Depth 39 cm

Fine antique French gilt surround wall mirror, of cushion design, the crest cast with swags of flowers, scrolls and pierced C scrolls, high 197 cm x wide 115 cm

A French gilt wood cushion wall mirror. 166 cm high, 100 cm wide

A French giltwood cushion mirror, late 19th century, of rectangular form with inset mirror panels with beaded borders, the carved surmount with birds, torch and quiver amidst foliate branches, bows and flowers to corners and entwined ribbon rim 81 x 65 cm

A Louis XVI style marble top gilt wood console and pier mirror, 19th century, the rouge marble top above an ornately carved and classically decorated apron with patera on fluted legs, the panelled cushion front mirror surmounted by a scrolling acanthus cre

A French giltwood cushion mirror, the rectangular giltwood frame with a border of egg and dart design with acanthus leaf corners and an inner border of leaf and berries; together with a smaller burr walnut and giltwood shaped mirror (2) 105 by 90 cm; 49 by

A French Louis XVI style 19th century giltwood cushion mirror, the octagonal mirror plate within a sectioned border of six smaller mirror plates surmounted by a carved pierced flame and flowers and with flame finials

A French Louis XVI style 19th century giltwood cushion mirror, the octagonal mirror plate within a sectioned border of six smaller mirror plates surmounted by a carved pierced flame and flowers with flame finials. Height 175 cm. Length 103 cm

Venetian glass and brass cushion mirror, Italian, applied pink and blue spiral canes 77 x 89 cm

A Louis XVI style marble top gilt wood console and pier mirror, 19th century, the rouge marble top above an ornately carved and classically decorated apron with patera on fluted legs, the panelled cushion front mirror surmounted by a scrolling acanthus cre

A French Louis XVI style giltwood cushion mirror, 19th century, the octagonal mirror plate within a sectioned border of eight smaller mirror plates, surmounted by a carved urn brimMing with flowers and foliage cascading over the shoulders, 148 x 100 cm

A large and impressive Louis XVI style cushion wall mirror, French 19th century 220 x 140 cm

An antique brass repousse cushion fronted mirror, Dutch, 145 x 92 cm

A French Napoleon III cushion mirror, circa 1860, the rectangular gesso and gilt mirror surmounted with vine and berry decoration the central plate surrounded by four further plates within a scroll and floriate carved frame. Length 132 cm. Width 92 cm

19th century giltwood overmantle mirror, American, c1880, having a central carved figure of an eagle surmounting the foliate capped cushion moulded frame with original mirror plate. Height 178 cm

A walnut cushion front mirror, 18th century. Height 55 cm. Width 50 cm

A European decorative cushion mirror circa 1900, with ornate brass covered framing on pine, some small faults. Height 65 cm. Width 39 cm

17th century William and Mary figured walnut cushion mirror

Gilt metal Regency cushion mirror with S scroll and anthemion decoration

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.

19th century gilt wood cushion framed mirror with foliate decorations

A French cushion shape mirror, 18th century. Width 72 cm. Height 115 cm

Fine French mid 19th century giltwood cushion mirror, with musical and floral decoration

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