Few things are able to encapsulate both style and practicality better than a mirror. Not only do they add much needed light to our rooms and increase the illusion of space, but the look of the frame can fundamentally change the character of the room. Whether you are looking for a classic 19th Century mirror or something more modernist both antique and vintage mirrors are often your best choice. This is because older mirrors give off a softer reflection than our modern examples and have frames beautifully weathered by time and full of character. The history of mirrors is also fascinating.
With the mirrors close connection to both opulence and spirituality it is hardly surprising that carved giltwood soon became the frame of choice. The simple gold and silver mix is certainly a classic combination, but even from the start leading makers and designers of the day were creating fantastical framed mirrors for their clients. By the early 20th Century this extravagance was paired right back, and as different tints of mirror glass were fashionable you can find amazing Art Deco and Mid-Century examples with tinted mirror frames.
At LoveAntiques we have a superb selection of antique and vintage wall mirrors.
Large 19th Century English Victorian Gilt Archtop Overmantle Mirror