Antique mirrors were first produced in Murano and silvered in Venice in the 16th Century. In the 17th century, Sir Robert Mansell’s glass house in London made mirrors in the cylinder process. It wasn’t until the 18th century that larger and better quality plates were produced enabling more larger and decorative mirrors to come onto the market. To see the full history please see our interesting article here.
Here at Driscolls Antiques we have beautiful selection of antique mirrors for sale. Here are a few examples that we have previously sold.
Dating from around 1850 in the Victorian period this beautiful over-mantle mirror has a gilt finish and stunning carved detailing. It is topped by a delightful cherub sat amongst finely carved fern leaves, this foliage is replicated on the corners at the base of the mirror. The edges have a wonderful carved design, the top corners are especially ornate, framing the mirror perfectly. The mirror itself is shaped with a bevelled edge. This antique mirror would be the perfect finishing touch above a grand fireplace, large console table or credenza.
From the William IV period and is constructed from a lovely mix of rosewood and oak, this inverted break fronted moulded mirror has a rosewood central panel with inlaid decoration. It is framed by elegant half rounded columns and is the perfect finishing touch for a hallway or landing.
This highly desirable Regency overmantle mirror dates from around 1830 and is beautifully decorated with a gilt finish. The inverted break fronted moulded cornice sits above decorative reeded columns finished with acanthus leaves and topped with a lovely rose motif. The mirror is framed by ebonised reeded edges which contrast beautifully with the gilt finish of the outer frame. The gilt finish is very impressive and allows this antique mirror to create a fabulous impression in a period room.
This fine Regency tilting antique cheval mirror is made from mahogany. It has two beautifully turned upright supports with decorative brass tilting mechanisms. It stands on out-swept moulded legs, having typical Regency styling, which are finished with brass castors. Delightfully it still retains the original mirror which unsurprisingly displays genuine ‘foxing’ through age and adds to the overall beauty and authenticity of the piece.
This Decorative Edwardian Antique Convex Mirror circa, 1900 has a circular moulded frame with turned projections and the original convex mirror.
This unusual pair of vintage mirrors are unusual due to being a matching pair, they have gilt scrolled decoration with delightful cherub face shelving.
This Beautiful figured Mahogany Antique Dressing Table Mirror dates from ca. 1870, it has a moulded tilting mirror with beautifully turned upright supports, a shaped figured base and stands on scrolled feet.