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

Large 19th century gilt framed console mirror with cherub decoration 168 x 83 cm wide

An impressive salon mirror and marble top console, French, 19th century, with central pierced crest embellished with flower pods and laurel leaves, 260 cm high, 85 cm wide (mirror), 46 cm high, 102 cm wide, 32 cm deep

A Louis XV style giltwood console mirror with carved foliate frame. 106xm high, 80 cm wide.

A Neo-classical carved giltwood marble top console and mirror, French, 19th century, the mirror 189 x 160 cm, the console 91.5 cm high, 184 cm wide, 54 cm deep

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

Swedish parcel-gilt mahogany console and pier glass attributed to J. H. Dumraths, c. 1820 with ormolu mounts, the pier glass with an arch pediment with applied ormolu rosettes and leaf scroll corbels supported on leaf crested turned pillars and with applie

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

A large rococo style gilt console mirror and table, a curvaceous shaped mirror with a rocaille crest and embellishments throughout above a serpentine black flecked marble topped low table with a pierced apron and supported on cabriole legs with carved knee

Antique French Louis XVI cream gilt pier mirror with demi lune console table circa 1900 mirror, measures148 x 39 cm table - 78 cm high, 42 cmW

A French Louis XVI style ornately carved mirror and matching console table

Pair of Venetian style console tables decorated with swags, tassels and two Blackamoor's playing musical instruments, with matching mirrors each decorated with eight Blackamoor's at play, console approx 91 cm high, 131 cm wide, 45 cm deep and mirrors, appr

A French rococo style, marble top console table and mirror mid 20th century. The table and mirror are decorated in gold and gilt finish. Console height 91 cm. Width 163 cm. Depth 41 cm mirror height 161 cm. Width 143 cm

Vintage brass & marble console & mirror, approx 220 cm high (including mirror), 102 cm wide

Antique French early 19th/late 18th century trumeau console mirror, approx 265 cm high, 60 cm wide

Fine antique French Louis XV gilt marble topped console and mirror, total height 285 cm

Fine antique 19th century French carved walnut console and mirror, the front apron of the console carved in high relief with an open mouthed mask, flanked by large C scrolls, inset marble top, standing on out swept carved scroll legs, mirror 185 cm high, 1

An Italian rococo style console and mirror, a shaped console with a russet and white coloured marble top above a richly carved and pierced apron and decorative cabriole legs United by an 'X' form stretcher, and having rectangular framed mirror with a serpe

Impressive antique French painted and gilt console and mirror

Green marble topped gilt console with matching mirror, approx. height 210 cm, width 100 cm (2)

A French gold and marble console table with mirror, circa 1880, in the Louis XVI manner, the shaped table with swags and running bead decoration, paterae to the corners and raised upon four knopped and fluted legs joined with curved x form stretchers; the

Antique early 19th century French painted Louis XVI marble toped console & mirror. Height 266 cm. Width 87 cm

Italian gilt and white marble topped console, together with giltwood mirror, console. Height 88.5 cm. Width 118 cm. Depth 51.5 cm; mirror 160 x 91 cm

A fine quality gilt-wood over-mantel mirror, English, circa 1830 the anthemion decorated frieze flanked by cinquefoils, the backboard bearing the trade label of 'Buchan & Sons, / House Decorators, / and Wholesale Glass Factors, / 159 High St. Southampton.

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

An exceptional large French 19th century carved giltwood console table, fitted with a carrara marble top and having rococo scroll decoration, together with the original matching mirror. Height 335 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 Regency rosewood marble top console, the rectangular Carrara marble top and brass inlaid frieze with two long drawers above dual cabriole supports and a mirror back, plinth base;. Width 176 cm. Depth 47 cm. Height 89 cm

Carved and gilded Rococco salon console table and mirror with heavy cross stretcher base, serpentine green on table top. (restored). Height 281 cm