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 18th century French Louis XVI style giltwood mirror, the crest with central urn and pierced scrolling foliage, 131 cm high, 84 cm wide

Large antique 19th Century French gilt surround mirror, 163 cm high, 118 cm wide

A gilded overmantel mirror, decorated wiht floral motifs, French, mid 19th century, 188 cm high, 120 cm wide

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 carved giltwood overmantle mirror, French, 19th century, 157 cm high, 118 cm wide

Antique French gilt surround, mirror, the crest with two winged putti, 187 cm high, 100 cm wide

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

Antique 19th century French oval gilt mirror, displaying a pierced floral crest, approx 118 cm x 84 cm

A French early 19th century painted and gilded mirror having flowers in basket and gilded oval medallion, 210 cm high, 125 cm wide

A French 19th century gilt wood mirror, 167 cm high, 112 cm wide

A French 19th century Trumeau mirror having hand painted panel of cherubs, 161 cm high, 84 cm wide

Antique French 19th century canted top gilt wood mirror, applied swags of bell flowers, each approx 183 cm high, 120 cm wide

Antique 19th century French giltwood & gesso mirror, approx 154 cm x 94 cm

Impressive large antique French gilt framed mirror, applied chains of flower heads, pierced scrolling crest, approx 228 cm x 127 cm

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

Monumental Louis Phillippe gilt-wood mirror, c. 1880, the oval frame surmounted by a crest carved with foliate, height 198 cm width 133 depth 13.5 cm. Provenance: The Country Trader. Private collection, 54 Park Street Spa, Sydney,

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

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

Fine antique French gilt surround trumeau mirror, fitted with a rectangular panel above, figures in an outdoor scene with farm animals, approx 200 cm high, 90 cm wide

Antique mid 19th century French repousse brass and ebonized slip cushion mirror, approx 138 cm high, 87 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 Louis XV style large carved and gilded oak over mantel mirror, with central shell motif flanked by flower pods and acanthus leaves, 222 x 135 cm

A French rococo revival gilded mantle mirror, circa: 1880s-90s, the arching mirror with a beaded and moulded frame and a rocaille crest, height 156 cm, width 102 cm

Antique early 19th century French Louis XVI mirror, painted and gilt wood, bird feeding the young to the crest centre

Large antique French gilt surround mirror, approx 185 cm high, 117 cm wide

Large antique French gilt surround mirror, approx 208 cm high, 130 cm wide

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

Antique French Louis XVI style mirror, giltwood and painted reserves, with central oval portrait miniature of a young lady, approx 76 cm high, 47 cm wide

Antique French gilt wood surround mirror, double C scroll crest, approx 98 cm x 68 cm

Antique French gilt surround mirror of waisted shape, with pierced foliate crest, approx 134 cm high, 89 cm wide

Fine antique French gilt surround mirror, approx 150 cm x 95 cm wide

A Trumeau mirror in Louis XV style, with a painted panel of 18th century figures above a rectangular plate within a gilt frame surmounted with carved ribbon decoration, 120 cm high, 61 cm wide

A carved round giltwood wall mirror, French, 19th century, 60 cm diameter

A large and finely carved rectangular wall mirror, French, 19th century, 187 cm high, 122 cm wide

A large decorative giltwood wall mirror French, 19th century, 195 cm high, 113 cm wide

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