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 mirror, cushion design, griffins and cornucopia to top pelmet with a Loire Salamander in a cartouche to top, 140 cm high, 78 cm wide

A Louis XV style gilded cushion-front mirror, 20th century, 152 cm high, 92 cm wide

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

Antique French gilt surround cushion mirror, approx 183 cm high, 109 cm wide

A George I walnut cushion mirror with inlays of sycamore, 45 x 50 cm

A verre eglomise rectangular cushion wall mirror Italian, circa 1920, 98.5 cm high, 74 cm wide

Impressive Italian Florentine giltwood cushion mirror, approx 118 cm high, 182 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 French gilt wood framed cushion front mirror, the bevelled plate within a foliate etched mirrored surround, surmounted pierced crest.

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 superb ebonised and gilded 19th century cushion mirror. 81 cm high, 65 cm wide.

Antique French 19th century cushion shape mirror, 180 cm cm high, 108 cm wide

A large and decorative cushion mirror, the multiple glass panels with painted gilt floral decoration, the wooden beaded frame also in gilt. some cracks to one or two panels. 180 x 120 cm

A verre eglomise cushion wall mirror French /Venetian, circa 1940 80 cm high, 58 cm wide

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

Antique French giltwood and gesso cushion mirror, fitted with scrolling foliage to the crest, approx 120 cm high, 76 cm wide

Antique French gilt surround cushion mirror, of canted shape, with central floral crest, approx 111 cm high, 91 cm long

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

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

Fine antique 19th century French pierced gilt wood surround cushion mirror, approx 113 cm high, 97 cm wide

Antique French carved oak cushion mirror, approx 106 cm high, 72 cm wide

Antique gilt surround cushion mirror, approx 137 cm high, 88 cm wide

A French gilt wood cushion mirror, late 19th century the water gilded mirror surmounted by a foliate scrolling crest, centred by an ovoid cartouche, with a beaded and scrollwork frame, 136 cm high, 102 cm wide

Antique French cushion mirror, stepped gilt surround with central foliate crest

A large 19th century French giltwood cushion mirror, the central bevelled mirror surrounded by eight smaller angled bevelled mirrors, the gilt frame with foliate scrolling, the floral and scrolling top with the addition of a floral wreath. 54 cm x 120 cm

A large 19th century French giltwood cushion mirror, the large central bevelled glass framed with four smaller angled bevelled glass mirrors, the giltwood frame decorated with foliate scrolling, the top with the addition of a floral wreath, losses to the f

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

Antique 19th century giltwood surround cushion mirror, flower encrusted urn crest, approx 160 cm high, 93cm wide

A giltwood cushion mirror, French, 18th/19th century of rectangular form, surmounted with a foliate scroll and shell crest 173 cm high, 98 cm wide

An oval gilt and painted cushion mirror, 20th century. 112 x 63 cm

Fine antique French cushion mirror, approx 181 cm high, 105 cm wide

A late 19th century Venetian cushion front mirror, the rectangular glass plate with foliate etching and mounts. 164 cm high, 101 cm wide

A Venetian style cushion front wall mirror, the bevelled plate within a mirrored surround, each corner with an etched glass embellishment, 126 x 127 cm

A finely detailed Flemish cushion wall mirror, 19th century. 66 cm high, 56 cm wide