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 faux bamboo wall mirror, with BADA seal, height 90 cm, width 61 cm approx., small crack to mirror

Dresden porcelian wall mirror, with cherub and floral decoration, height 100 cm, width 44 cm approx

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

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

A large and ornate cut and etched glass oval wall mirror, Venetian, circa 1900, 162 cm high, 104 cm wide

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

A Louis XVI giltwood wall mirror, French, 18th century, 92 cm high, 53 cm wide

A fine pair of giltwood and floated glass oval wall mirrors, Italian 18th century, 82.5 cm long, 49 cm wide

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 exceptional giltwood Chinoiserie wall mirror, English, 18th century, 125 cm high, 64 cm wide

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

Chinoiserie wall mirror, 101 cm high, 55 cm wide approx

A fine Venetian overmantle mirror, original gilt on bolection moulded frame with foliate wreath to top and acanthus mounted base. C. 1850. Height 176 cm, width 121 cm.

Rectangular pine wall mirror, 19th century, 190 cm high, 113 cm wide

Fine quality 19th century French giltwood and gesso overmantel mirror

A Regence style carved giltwood over mantle mirror, late 19th/early 20th century, 188 cm high, 123 cm wide

A gilt wood over mantle mirror with central pierced floral motif, French, 18th century, 120 cm high, 64 cm wide

A Louis XVI gilt wood over mantle mirror, with central urn decoration and applied flower pods, French, 18th century, 110 cm high, 70 cm wide

An important gilt wood over mantle mirror, French, early 18th century, with central acanthus leaf motif flanked by ho-ho birds and embellished with central coat of arms, original plate, 180 cm high, 93 cm wide

A gilt wood over mantle mirror, French, 18th century, embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves and central floral bouquet, original plate, 120 cm high, 68 cm wide

A gilt wood and gesso over mantle mirror with central ribbon and flower pod mount, French, 19th century, 122 cm high, 78 cm wide

A George III mahogany and gilt-wood wall mirror surmounted by a carved gilt Ho-Ho bird, 90 cm high, 49 cm wide. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A rococo style giltwood framed wall mirror, with a foliate pierced and carved surround

A 19th century gilt gesso on wood wall mirror of French Louis XV style, with a slightly arched leaf, shell and scroll pediment and a wide bevelled edge. Width 110 cm, height 165 cm

A French rococo revival gilded mantle mirror, circa 1880-90s, the arching mirror with a bevelled glass, having a floral encrusted frame and a rocaille crest. Height 156 cm. Width 103 cm

An Egyptian revival painted and gilt over mantel mirror, English, circa 1900, 260 cm high, 154 cm wide, 8.5 cm deep

A large Louis XV style carved giltwood over mantel mirror, 19th century, 156 x 87 cm

A vintage Fairground curved novelty wall mirror, of serpentine shape with distorted reflection, cedar frame. Dimensions 83 cm x 0 cm.

A gilt framed over mantel mirror, English, 19th century, 155 cm high, 118 cm wide

An antique Georgian timber wall mirror, 18th century, the rectangular mirror set within a timber frame with Chippendale style shaped timber decoration to the upper and lower section, with an applied shell and spread wing bird motif to the crest; the revers

A Victorian gilt over mantle mirror, 19th century. an arched mirror in a timber and gesso frame with gadroon and beaded detailing having a shield style crest with flora and shells, and with the original glass. Height 170 cm. Width 114 cm

An ebonised gilt mantle mirror, late 19th century, the rectangular mirror of Louis XVI inspiration with extended corners and decorated with rope twist trims, beading, star paterae and applied husk motifs, surmounted by an ornate pierced rocaille crest. Hei

A ornately carved Italian wooden and gilded wall mirror. 180x87 cm.

A French rectangular ornately decorated giltwood wall mirror. 122x63 cm

An ornately carved Italian wooden and gilded wall mirror. 148x80 cm.

A Chinoiserie black lacquer arched wall mirror, French, circa 1920, 98 cm high, 46 cm wide