This section of the website concentrates on English and European giltwood mirrors
from the 18th and 19th century.
We have an outstanding collection of giltwood, Japanned and eglomise mirrors and
girandoles, many with original antique mirror plates and in their original pairs.
The provenance of many of our pieces is also exceptional.
Antique mirrors truly are things of beauty. The wonderful craftsmanship and detailing
that is put into these decorative items can be remarkable, and their fragile nature
makes them even more precious.
One of the most striking things about antique mirrors is how varried the designs
are. Some are exceptionally grand - several feet in height and width - and others
may only be a few inches across.
Antique mirrors can also be ornate, with wide frames and intricate carving to amuse
the eye. Alternatively, some antique mirrors offer a subdued simplicity.
Additionally, antique mirrors can have surfaces that are flat, convex or bevelled.
The glass can be crystal clear, or darkened with age, each type providing its own
At Mallett, we are one of the oldest antique dealers in the world, with over 150
years of experience. Our collection of antique mirrors includes items sourced from
across the UK and Europe.
Whether you're looking for antique mirrors for your own personal collection,
a private home or a commercial location, with Mallett, you're sure to find something
to suit your requirements.
When choosing to buy 18th or 19th century antique mirrors, you may want to select
a piece that exemplifies a specific decorative style.
Rococo antique mirrors are ornate and often asymmetrical to give a playful feel,
while neoclassical antique mirrors draw on the styles and themes of the ancient
Greeks and Romans. You may also choose early Georgian or Queen Anne period antique
mirrors, which generally employ symmetrical motifs and simple shapes.
There were also many different methods used in creating antique mirrors, each one
achieving a distinctive look. Giltwood was a favourite choice, as it allowed for
the intricate carvings popular during the 18th and 19th century to be highlighted
and polished for best effect.
Japanning and eglomise were also popular techniques. Japanning involved finishing
frames with a coloured lacquer in imitation of oriental lacquer, while eglomise
was produced by gilding the back of glass panels, which were coloured, incised and
As well as antique mirrors, Mallett also offers Rococo and neoclassical girandoles.
These highly decorative antique mirrors were mounted with candelabra to provide
a stunning effect and additional reflected light at night.
Since 1865, Mallett has been sourcing, collecting and trading the finest antique
furnishings available, with products including Rococo antique mirrors and neoclassical
antique mirrors, as well as items from other periods.
Our excellent eye for quality and provenance has made us a favourite choice of collectors
and museums, as well as those simply seeking antique mirrors to enjoy in their home.
And if you're seeking restoration services, our sister company Hatfields will be able to assist you.
At Mallett, we make it easy for you to choose your ideal antique mirrors and to
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Of course, if you have any questions about our selection of antique mirrors, or
any special requirements, please
get in touch. We'll be happy to provide advice and further information.