Mirrors for the home.

The days are much longer now with brighter mornings and evenings and soon the clocks go back and the evenings will be brighter still.

It is the time of year when we tend to think about moving house, redecorating or redesigning our homes and with so much more light about, a mirror placed in just the right place can brighten your home up even more. If you care to take a look on-line you will see that all of the interior decorators sites are currently displaying mirrors in their advertising features with spring flowers used to decorate the rooms.   Choosing a unique antique mirror can enhance a wall, reflect the light and give a complete change to the space , you can even look in it!!!  We have on show below a few samples of what we currently have in stock with a variety of materials and styles. Blog Mirror chipA mid 18th century style Chippendale design mahogany veneered wall mirror. The mirror has a shaped and gilded slip and at the top a carved and gilded eagle. The mirror plate is in good condition, the mahogany frame has a few old marks but is overall in good condition. (Circa 1900)

These mirrors from the 18thc & 19thc can be used any where , over a dressing table or chest , in the hall wall or over a small fire place.

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An early 19th century Regency carved wood and gilded convex wall mirror. The original convex mirror plate is held in a circular wood frame with gilt ball decoration. The top of the frame has a carved and gilded eagle with scroll decorations to each side. The bottom of the mirror has carved decoration with a single harebell hanging down. The mirror is in good original condition with little spoiling to the mirror and the gilding is un-restored. (Circa 1830)

A great mirror to use in an entrance hall or above a sideboard, not for looking in but excellent for reflecting light, they come in many sizes but the larger the diameter the larger the price, in general

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A mid 19th century Victorian gilt wood overmantel wall mirror. The mirror has a moulded shaped cornice and turned pillars to the sides with star shaped carvings decorating the lower rail. The mirror has it’s original gilt with some minor cleaning and restoration and it’s original mirror plate. (Circa 1860)

As is says on the tin, to be used over a mantel piece, again the vary hugely in size , the bigger the more expensive. I have seen these also used in entrance halls over a radiator , very good for reflecting a lot of light in a darker lobby.

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An early 19th century French Empire mahogany framed pier glass. The mirror has gilded brass mounts and a separate oblong panel at the top with a hand painted classical scene. The colour of the mahogany is very good and original, there is a small chip to the veneer in the bottom left hand corner. (Circa 1840)

Pier glasses where used most times on a pillar between two windows, used today on any narrow but tall space that needs decorating or brightening up. The Pier glass can be polished wood as this one is or gilded wood with a decorative panel at the top or a piece of reverse painted glass “Eglomese”

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A 19th century oblong overmantel mirror. The bevelled glass mirror is held in a rosewood, mahogany and boxwood inlaid frame.
The outer frame is mahogany that has a dental cornice and boxwood inlays at the top and bottom of the fluted side panels. The inner frame is rosewood with oval fan inlays and broad boxwood line inlays as a decoration. The frame is in very good condition and the original mirror does have some minor spotting. (Circa 1880)

A different model of over mantel mirror that I have seen used in a large dining room over the sideboard, reflecting light and also decorating what might have been a large piece of blank wall above the sideboard.

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An early 20th century Edwardian gilded brass wall mirror. The mirror has a swept serpentine frame decorated with acanthus leaves.
The mirror has a wood panel back, hangs on a chain and is in very good condition. (Circa 1910)

Slightly more unusual is a mirror with a gilded metal frame, very decorative and would look fantastic in a bedroom over the chest of drawers or dressing table and also very good entrance hall decoration.

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An early 19th century Regency gilt wood triple glass over mantel mirror. The frame is carved wood and gesso with gilt decoration and has half round pillars to each side while across the top there is a decoration of rosettes and gilded leaves. The mirror plates are original and in good condition but do have some spots, the gilt frame does have a few chips. (Circa 1825)

If you have a fire place with a picture rail above this model of over mantel mirror is just the job. Regency in period with three panel of mirrored glass held with in a gilded wood frame, some models have just one long panel of glass. The long narrow frame is designed especially to go over a period or period style fire place.

Graham Smith Antiques has been established for 14 years but Graham has been in the antiques business for 40 years. We trade on line and from showrooms on the edge of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and all  the items shown on the website are available to view at the show rooms where they are set out in four room settings – for ease of viewing. As long time members of LAPADA [the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers], the UK’s largest trade association for professional art and antiques dealers, we want all our customers to be confident to buy from us on line or in person and make every effort to make each sale a pleasure.  Please take some time to read our Testimonials page which can be found on the home page of our website.

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