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: 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

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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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: 15567

    A 19th Century giltwood over mantle mirror adorned with high relief fruit and flower scrolled decoration and surmounted by a foliate crest.
    English, circa 1860.

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    Width Height
    38 316"
    97 cms
    50"
    127 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: 15596

    An elegant and delicate Victorian pier glass mirror, originally intended to be placed above a console or table between two windows. The mirror is surmounted by ribbon tied oak leaves above a simply moulded frame. Today it would look just as beautiful above a fireplace or used as a hall mirror.
    English, c.1860.

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    Width Height
    31 18"
    79 cms
    57 78"
    147 cms
  • 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

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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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
  • Stock: 15357

    A George III, profusely carved giltwood wall mirror in the Rococo style. The broken swan neck pediment is centred by a carved foliate crest. The scrolling, latticed frame is embellished with ornately carved flowers, fruit and acanthus leaves. English, circa 1780.

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    Width Height Depth
    25 58"
    65 cms
    41 1116"
    106 cms
    2"
    5 cms
  • Stock: 3977

    A large Scottish Regency carved giltwood overmantel mirror, the scrolled cockaded pediment over high relief carved floral and lozenge decoration. With the original mercury glass plate.
    Scottish, circa 1820.

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    Width Height Maximum Depth
    75 1116"
    192.4 cms
    54 12"
    138.5 cms
    6 1116"
    17 cms

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

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  • Stock: 11342

    A Georgian style gilded and carved mahogany overmantel mirror, with it's original plate and with carved lambs tongue motif around the frame. One of a pair with SNo 11341.
    English, mid 19th century.

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    width height depth
    54 78"
    139.5 cms
    45 1116"
    116 cms
    3 78"
    10 cms

    Listed Price: £2,300 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 11341

    A carved giltwood, mahogany overmantel mirror in the late Georgian manner, with original plates and carved lambs tongue motif around the frame.One of a pair with SNo 11342.
    English, mid 19th century.

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    width height depth
    54 78"
    139.5 cms
    45 1116"
    116 cms
    3 78"
    10 cms

    Listed Price: £2,300 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 9500

    A charming mahogany Regency overmantel mirror with attached Tuscan columns either side of the original plate glass, supporting a stepped cornice.
    English, 1830.
    Provenance: The Old Rectory, Rivenhall, near Colchester.

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    width height depth
    45 1116"
    116 cms
    28 14"
    72 cms
    5 18"
    13 cms

    Listed Price: £1,850 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 13620

    An attractive and slim Queen Anne, Baroque style silvered pier mirror. The top of the frame is adorned with a fanfare foliate crest between a scrolled split pediment. The frame, with tasseled drapery to the sides, is embellished throughout with leaf detail.
    English, early 20th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    36 316"
    92 cms
    63 1316"
    162 cms
    5 78"
    15 cms

    Listed Price: £2,350 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 14788

    A Victorian Art Nouveau walnut wall mirror. The carved foliate outer frame and tongue and dart inner frame enclosing the boxwood, burr wood and green & brown harewood classical marquetry. English, circa 1890.

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    Width Height Depth
    57 78"
    147 cms
    43 78"
    111.5 cms
    2 38"
    6 cms

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

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  • Stock: 13870

    A very large Neoclassical style Victorian antique carved gilt wood overmantel mirror within an enriched carved gilt frame and scrolled bracket supports.
    English, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    61"
    155 cms
    82 14"
    209 cms
    4 14"
    11 cms

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

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  • Stock: 14772

    A large antique French gilt wood and gesso overmantel mirror in the Louis XV Rococo Chippendale manner with a fruit bowl crest and an inner gilt wood frame linking to the main outer elaborately carved acanthus frame.
    French, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 60 316"
    153 cms
    60 38"
    153.5 cms
    2 1316"
    7 cms

    Listed Price: £6,400 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 13160

    A very large oval giltwood and gesso girandole wall mirror. The mirror is topped with a bird perched within foliate ornamentation, the mirror plate set within a carved, embellished frame. This is adorned with a pair of scrolling two branch candle sconces to the sides above a triple branch sconce at the bottom.
    French, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    29 18"
    74 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
    10 58"
    27 cms

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

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  • Stock: 14771

    A large ornate Louis XVI style carved gilt wood antique overmantel mirror surmounted by a cartouche and embellished with flamboyant garlands and foliate detail throughout.
    French, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 47 58"
    121 cms
    73 58"
    187 cms
    7 18"
    18 cms
  • Stock: 13367

    A large wood antique wall mirror, polychrome painted with original paint finish on the frame carved with painted acanthus leaves and cushioned cartouche within silver leaf enriched edging around the later mirror.
    Spanish, early 18th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    38 38"
    97.5 cms
    64 38"
    163.5 cms
    2 38"
    6 cms

    Listed Price: £4,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 10138

    TO BE STRIPPED An early Victorian painted and gilded pine and gesso overmantle mirror. The carved eagle perches between thistles above the decorative foliate detailed frame.
    English, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height
    53 12"
    135.8 cms
    65 316"
    165.5 cms

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

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  • Stock: 13805

    A sumptuous antique Giltwood and gesso Louis XV style Girandole mirror. The generous pediment is in the form a single putti holding aloft garlands of summer flowers among scrolling foliage,it is set above the arched topped mirror with its original mercury glass plate. The finely detailed and moulded frame has further flamboyant foliate decoration to the bottom with two elegant scrolling single branch candle sconces.
    English, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    23 58"
    60 cms
    63 1316"
    162 cms
    8 1116"
    22 cms
  • Stock: 14697

    A highly ornate Rococo style giltwood antique oval wall mirror with a high stele crest above a luxuriously scrolled acanthus carved frame meeting a reversed stele crest below.
    French, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    37"
    94 cms
    61 1316"
    157 cms
    3 12"
    9 cms
  • Stock: 14596

    A tall carved and gilded antique overmantle mirror in the classical style, surmounted by a wreath, quiver and torch and floral sprig crest, the mirror plate with fine bead edging the frame with an egg and dart border.
    French, late 19th century.

    Photo before restoration.

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    Width Height Depth
    Maximum 41 1116"
    106 cms
    67 18"
    170.5 cms
    5 1116"
    14.5 cms
    Base 43 12"
    110.5 cms

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

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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.