Antique Mirrors: Antique Wall & Overmantel Mirrors

A wide and varied selection of Antique Wall Mirrors, Fireplace Overmantel Mirrors and Period Giltwood and carved Mirrors.

  • Stock: 15997

    A fine Italian Baroque giltwood wall mirror, the gilded frame carved with scrolls and foliate flourishes over a wide mirrored border.

    Italian, mid-18th century with restorations.

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    Width Height
    30 14"
    77 cms
    49 316"
    125 cms

    Listed Price: £3,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15967

    An early nineteenth-century gilt gesso wall mirror surmounted by a lidded urn and oak leaf decoration over a simply moulded frame.
    English, c.1810.

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    Width Height
    29 12"
    75 cms
    50 38"
    128 cms

    Listed Price: £2,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16005

    A wonderfully ornate mirror, lavishly gilded with gleaming gold leaf. The egg and dart frame is adorned with an intricate cartouche, centred by a scallop shell motif, surrounded by opposing Roman style dolphins, bullrushes and roses.
    French, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height
    37 1316"
    96 cms
    61 1316"
    157 cms

    Listed Price: £3,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15820

    A fine William IV horizontal overmantle mirror with a giltwood reeded frame with acanthus capital corners and ebonised slips. With original silvered mirror plate.
    English, c.1830.

    Width Height Depth
    52 38"
    133 cms
    35 58"
    90.5 cms
    3 78"
    10 cms

    Listed Price: £3,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15832

    An exceptionally ornate yet delicate French gilt gesso overmantel mirror. The arched frame is decorated with floral garlands bound with ribbons and is surmounted by a bow tied floral wreath. This is flanked by two finials depicting birds. The original silvered mirror plate. French, c.1880.

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    Width Height
    48"
    122 cms
    80 14"
    204 cms

    Listed Price: £3,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15772

    A George III style gilt gesso antique wall mirror. The broken swan neck pediment is centred by a shell motif. Beneath this, the mirror is framed by curtain like drapery and the pediment top is balanced by a scrolling foliate base. Original mirror plate.
    English, c.1900.

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    Width Height
    28 12"
    72.4 cms
    48"
    121.9 cms

    Listed Price: £1,950 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15819

    A late 19th century ebonised and parcel-gilt overmantel mirror. This Victorian mirror adopts French Louis XVI decorative motifs, such as the crossed quiver and torchere, but pairs this with a backdrop of gesso roses, very much in the English taste.
    English, c.1880

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    Width Height Depth
    39 1316"
    101 cms
    63"
    160 cms
    3 12"
    9 cms
  • Stock: 15803

    A 19th century Rococo gilt gesso overmantel mirror, surmounted by shell set within foliate c scrolls and trailing flowers. The original bevelled mirror plate sits within a moulded frame.
    French, c.1890.

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    Width Height Depth
    34 18"
    86.5 cms
    60"
    152.5 cms
    5 18"
    13 cms

    Listed Price: £4,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15804

    A large Napoleon III antique mirror in parcel gilt, the bound laurel border to the frame is picked out in cream, as are the fine beads which surround the mirror plate and the laurel leaves and crest surmounting the frame.
    French, c.1870.

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    Width Height
    42 78"
    109 cms
    61 38"
    156 cms

    Listed Price: £4,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15802

    A large French overmantel gilt gesso mirror with an arched scroll pediment. The frame is decorated with bound laurel and rope twist mouldings, edged with fine beading. There is a fragment of a manufacturer's label to the verso, which dates the mirror to September 12th, 1876. The silvered plate is original.
    French, 1876.

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    Width Height Depth
    44 12"
    113 cms
    70 12"
    179 cms
    5 12"
    14 cms

    Listed Price: £3,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15797

    An elegant French 19th century giltwood overmantel mirror in the Louis Philippe style, surmounted by a cartouche of rocaille design mounted above rounded corners. The frame has been beautifully gilded and is embellished by a floral ribbon design which wraps around the rounded frame of the mirror. Original mercury mirror plate.
    French, c.1860.

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    Width Height
    38 58"
    98 cms
    64 58"
    164 cms

    Listed Price: £3,900 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15805

    A large and fine gilt gesso overmantel mirror with an arched pediment centred by a floral rosette and laurel sprays. This is supported by two fine columns. This mirror is of excellent quality, with a sturdy panelled back.
    English, c.1880.

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    Width Height
    61"
    155 cms
    70 18"
    178 cms

    Listed Price: £5,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15796

    A large 19th century Baroque style gilt and gesso wall mirror, with a cushion margin comprising of four beveled plates of glass framing the large beveled central plate. The gilt gesso frame is surmounted by a cartouche set within a naturalistic broken pediment, from which emanate foliate scrolls. This detail is echoed in the foliate corners.
    English, c.1860.

    The frame is gilded and has its original worn finish, with the red ground showing under the gold leaf.

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    Width Height
    42 12"
    108 cms
    53 78"
    137 cms
  • Stock: 15795

    An early 20th century Adam Revival gilt framed mirror. This mirror embodies the light architectural quality of the neoclassical style and is surmounted by an urn which stands above an arched pediment, fashioned as a fan light. The main mirror is framed by two small mirror plates, which are contained by thin Corinthian pilasters bound by ribbons.
    English, c.1930.

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    Width Height
    27 58"
    70 cms
    48 38"
    123 cms

    Listed Price: £2,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15762

    A George III style wall mirror, its giltwood and gesso frame very much in the Chippendale manner, topped with a broken pediment surmounted by an urn. Down the side run naturalistic foliate and floral decorations. Original bevelled mirror plate.

    English, c.1890.

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    Width Height Depth
    22 38"
    57 cms
    40 58"
    103 cms

    Listed Price: £3,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15751

    A bold and dramatic Regency Convex Mirror gilt wall mirror surmounted by an eagle perched on a rocky outcrop. The convex mirror plate is framed by a reeded ebonised slip and small gilded balls around the frame. At the very bottom of the frame is an unusual ruffled decoration.

    English, c. 1820.

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    Width Height Depth
    Overall 24 1316"
    63 cms
    40 78"
    104 cms
    4 1116"
    12 cms
    Glass dimeter 17 12"
    44.5 cms

    Listed Price: £2,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15776

    A late 19th century wall mirror with marginal cushion plates, surmounted by a Rococo motif and bordered by a gilt gesso frame with low relief foliate scrollwork and projecting corners.
    English, c.1890.

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    Width Height
    37 58"
    95.5 cms
    53 78"
    137 cms

    Listed Price: £3,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15643

    A Reflection of American History -

    An ornate convex mirror of grand proportions topped with an eagle on a rocky summit.
    Interestingly the mirror, thought to be of American origins, is decorated with 24 spheres around the frame, whilst another sphere hangs on a chain suspended from the mouth of the eagle. This possibly symbolises the 24 established states of the USA, with the state of Arkansas represented by a ball hanging from the mouth of the eagle, the country's emblem. This shows that Arkansas joining the USA is quite literally hanging in the balance.
    With this information, we can date the mirror to 1835-1836.

    American, 1836. Awaiting restoration, included in the price.

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    Width Height
    23 58"
    60 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
  • Stock: 15640

    A grand 19th century French giltwood and gesso wall mirror or overmantel mirror in the Louis XVI style. The mirror is surmounted by a floral garland and crossed quiver and torch, either side of which are mounted flaming urns. The central mirror plate is bordered by 4 marginal plates for added decorative value. A beautiful mirror that would work as either a wall or an overmantel mirror.
    French, c.1860.

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    Width Height
    37"
    94 cms
    65"
    165 cms
  • Stock: 15679

    An exceptionally fine Victorian overmantle mirror made from solid pollard oak. The mirror has a galleried pediment, and four further shelves, each separated by bevelled mirrors.
    English, c.1870

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    Width Height Depth
    76 18"
    193.3 cms
    54 14"
    138 cms
    8 1116"
    22.2 cms
    Mirror 23"
    58.5 cms
    36 1316"
    93.5 cms

    Listed Price: £600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15628

    An elegant French Louis XVI gilt overmantel mirror with a simple egg and dart moulding, The mirror is surmounted by a crest framed by sprigs of laurel. The original mirror plate is bordered by an intricate beaded edge.
    French, c.1890.

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    Width Height Depth
    48"
    122 cms
    67 78"
    172.5 cms
    5 12"
    14 cms
  • Stock: 15632

    The Christmas Mirror.
    A late 19th century carved wood and gilt gesso Gothic Revival overmantel mirror, with moulded pin reeded borders and turned finials. The mirror is crowned by a hand-painted pediment which depicts a robin perched in a sprig of holly.
    English, c.1880.

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    Width Height Depth
    32 14"
    82 cms
    46 18"
    117 cms
  • Stock: 15526

    A Regency giltwood convex mirror surmounted by a ho-ho bird, wings outstretched its rocky perch. Foliate decoration springs from these rocks, which is echoed by the carved decoration to the bottom. The convex mirror plate is framed by gilded circular balls and ebonised wood to the inner edge. The mirror retains its original convex glass.

    English, c.1820

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    Width Height Depth
    20 1116"
    52.5 cms
    29 78"
    76 cms
    8 1116"
    22 cms
    Diameter 20 1116"
    52.5 cms

    Listed Price: £2,400 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15617

    A magnificent Louis XV Rococo gilt wall mirror of asymmetrical cartouche form, carved with a profusion of Rococo details. The mirror is surmounted by a shell and around the frame is craved an abundance of c-scrolls, flowers and scrolling acanthus leaves. This frames the elegantly beveled mirror plate.
    French, c.1890.

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    Width Height Width
    32 12"
    82.5 cms
    51 58"
    131 cms
    8 1116"
    22 cms

    Listed Price: £2,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15618

    A French Rococo parcel-gilt and gesso overmantel mirror, with a scrolling rocaille and foliate decoration forming the crest of the ogee shaped frame. The rest of the frame has a lobed decoration with a beaded inner edge and terminates in acanthus scroll brackets to the base. This frames the elegantly bevelled original mirror plate.
    French, c.1890.

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    Width Height Depth
    33 1116"
    85.5 cms
    53 1316"
    136.7 cms
    4 14"
    11 cms

    Listed Price: £1,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15583

    An elegant oval gilt wall mirror, surmounted by a scrolling cartouche and a cascade of flowers. The egg and dart frame meets the original bevelled glass with a dainty beaded edge. The gilding has been rubbed back to give it a subtle glow.

    French, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    29"
    73.7 cms
    42"
    106.7 cms

    Listed Price: £1,400 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15582

    A grand French Louis XVI gilded overmantel mirror with a cartouche forming the crest, from which emanate sprigs of loosely ribboned laurel. The rest of the frame is decorated with a tightly bound laurel design, very much in the French tradition. The gilding has been deliberately distressed to partially reveal the warm red ground.
    French, c.1880.

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    Width Height
    49 316"
    125 cms
    66 78"
    170 cms
  • Stock: 15546

    A Victorian giltwood overmantel mirror, with rounded corners and a carved surmount of Rococo form above the simple egg and dart frame. English, c.1880.

    Width Height
    42 18"
    107 cms
    65"
    165 cms
  • Stock: 15487

    A French gilt gesso wall mirror in the Louis XVI style, the crest centred by an oval cartouche which is bordered by a ribbon tied floral cascade and framed by two urn finials brimming with flowers. The gilt frame also features garlanded trophies and to the bottom, a lyre, a violin and sheet music. Original beveled mirror plates.

    French, c1850.

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    Width Height Depth
    36 38"
    92.5 cms
    54 14"
    138 cms
    5 18"
    13 cms
  • Stock: 15519

    A very fine English 19th century giltwood mirror in the Florentine manner, with a beautifully carved frame of scrolling acanthus leaves. Original mercury glass.

    English, c.1850.

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    Width Height
    31 78"
    81 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
  • Stock: 8094

    A good Louis XVI carved giltwood and oak overmantel trumeau mirror with arrow and quiver, torch, floral and ribbon trophy decoration.
    French 19th century, possibly earlier.

    (photo before restoration).

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    width height
    59 12"
    151.1 cms
    78"
    198.1 cms

    Listed Price: £3,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15414

    A large Victorian carved mahogany overmantel mirror in the Neoclassical manner. The stepped top rests above a band of alternating bosses and fluting flanked by stylised corinthian topped flutted columns. The bevelled glass is enhanced by a most attractive frame of etched and cut foliate detail.
    English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    68 78"
    175 cms
    55 18"
    140 cms
    6 78"
    17.5 cms

    Listed Price: £4,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 12543

    An Aesthetic Movement oak overmantel mirror elegant in its simplicity. With carved foliate detail and florally carved bosses on the oak frame the mirror is flanked by a pair of ebonised columns. The Aesthetic Movement, of the late nineteenth century, focused on pure beauty and 'art for art's sake' with an emphasis on the visual qualities of art and design over practical, moral or narrative considerations.
    English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    64 58"
    164 cms
    72"
    183 cms
    4 14"
    11 cms

    Listed Price: £3,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15385

    An attractive, arched Rococo style, giltwood wall mirror possibly an overmantel. The frame is surmounted by an ornate shell cartouche upon a bed of flowers and trailing acanthus leaves.
    English, 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    30 12"
    77.5 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
    7 18"
    18 cms
  • Stock: 15386

    A very pretty gilded oval wall mirror within a beaded and foliate carved frame.in the Rococo style. Florentine, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    27"
    68.5 cms
    33 12"
    85 cms
    1 38"
    3.5 cms
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Antique mirrors

There is something alluring about an antique mirror - perhaps the combination of a finely carved frame and the shimmering surface of original glass - that has led to their enduring appeal amongst antique furniture collectors.

A short history of antique mirrors

The earliest mirrored glass was made in Murano in the 16th century, where glass was coated in mercury and tin to create a silver reflective layer on its reverse. This process was a closely guarded secret, and spies were sent from the French court of Louis XIV to Venice to discover the process. Their efforts paid off, and the French became renowned producers in their own right. Antique mirrors were made using mercury glass until other safer methods of manufacture became more widely available in the 19th century.

Earlier antique mirrors also tend to be slightly smaller, or made with separate panels of mirrored glass, as there was not the technology to produce single sheets of large glass until the late 18th century. Only the very wealthy could afford very large panes of glass, so mirrors were objects of prestige and magnificence.

Varieties of antique mirror

Whether an antique wall mirror, an overmantel mirror or a pier mirror, it is often the frame that catches the eye. Particularly fine mirrors are carved from mahogany or rosewood, or gilded using gold leaf, rather than paint. Mirror frames tend to be made of carved wood or carved wood and gesso. They are called giltwood mirrors if a thin layer of gold leaf has been applied over the carved and primed surface. Such mirrors exude quality and vary from bright gold through to a more worn, soft patina. An antique gilded mirror is often deemed more valuable than its wooden counterpart and is seen as a timeless addition to interiors of all styles.

Eras of antique mirror

Antique overmantle mirrors embody the elegance of a period home, and can inject both sophistication and character into an interior. Victorian mirrors often come in overmantel form, as in 19th century England, the mantelpiece was the heart of the home, a space to display precious objects and convey taste. The earlier Regency overmantel mirrors were often horizontal in form and more modest in design. Victorian mirrors were not only gilt, but often carved from wood such as oak, mahogany and rosewood.

In France the overmantel mirror was similarly significant, and in many cases, much taller, utilising the space above the fireplace enabled by higher ceilings and grand rooms. These Antique French mirrors are usually gilded, and wood was not widely used without a gilded adornment.

Often smaller, antique wall mirrors are an excellent thing to hang above a piece of furniture or in a hallway, where they can create the illusion of a larger, lighter space. They are less dominant than an overmantel, and serve a function in rooms such as bedrooms or hallways. If you are looking for an overmantel or any Antique mirrors London is the place to look. Our showroom has numerous options all on display for you to browse, from early Georgian wall mirrors through to large Aesthetic movement overmantels.