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Dressing mirrors

Hand carved giltwood mirrors

Period and Antique style Giltwood Mirrors

Brights of Nettlebed have a particular affinity with gilded mirrors: Our patrimony stems from Biggs of Maidenhead, an antique dealership established in 1866, and from contributors to the publication Queen Anne & Georgian Looking Glasses, by F. Lewis Hinkley; a seminal text and source book which documents the “developing styles and the thoroughly distinctive designs” of looking glasses of the time. Many of the antique gilded mirrors which passed through Biggs' books are now in Brights' archive, and subsequently, many designs of Brights of Nettlebed’s designs for reproduction gilded mirrors are based thereon. We have also researched antique looking glasses and girandoles from important auctions by Sotheby's and Christies over the past 15 years: We have taken in to account the styles which have been most popular at auction, which has given us a strikingly relevant and popular collection of gilded mirrors.

Gilded Mirrors made to the highest standard

All our gilded mirrors are made to the highest standard in the very few areas of the South Pacific where artisan carvers can still be found. Due to unscrupulous development and factory owners in the late 1980s and 90s, many traditional craftsmen have been forced to move into bigger cities to work in factories mass producing cheap reproduction furniture. Through our consultant in Indonesia, we manage to ensure that we employ artisan families directly, where sometimes three generations of a family will work on a piece. The revenue generated from us commissioning one gilt mirror is enough to sustain a family for a month, and moreover it helps to keep the tradition of carving alive in the area; that tradition is one which is culturally and religiously ingrained. It is thought that the practice of Dutch Gilding may have originated in this area of the world at the start of the 17th Century when the country was colonised by the Dutch and the two cultures began appropriating the other’s traditions and practices.

The history and tradition of gilt mirrors

For centuries, gilt mirrors have played an important role in interior architecture and design. The elaborate gold gilded mirror frames are indicative of the immense value which used to be placed on mirrored glass. The basic frame was carved to the highest standards and gold was chosen as the material for gilding, as it does not tarnish like other metals.

Because mirrored glass was so expensive and the taxes thereon were so high, the glass would be resilvered and reshaped and the frames changed to ensure the mirror stayed in fashion without having to buy another expensive piece of mirrored plate.

There is much legend and superstition around mirrors. They were thought to be a reflection of the soul, and accordingly breaking one was thought to bring bad luck for seven years. It was believed that the soul regenerated in a seven year cycle. In some places, it has been customary to cover mirrors during wakes or periods of illness, because it was feared that the soul could become trapped in an uncovered mirror.

Chippendale 18th century style fireplace surround and mirror

Chippendale 18th century style fireplace surround and mirror

Thomas Johnson style water gilded mirror

Thomas Johnson style water gilded mirror

Bespoke water gilded and etched overmantel mirror

Bespoke water gilded and etched overmantel mirror

Water gilded overmantel mirror

Water gilded overmantel mirror

Water gilded cherub cheval mirror - 60in.

Water gilded cherub cheval mirror - 60in.

18th Century Military style water gilded mirror

18th Century Military style water gilded mirror

Water gilded hand carved mirror with antiqued glass

Water gilded hand carved mirror with antiqued glass

Hand carved mirror in white gold with antiqued glass

Hand carved mirror in white gold with antiqued glass

George III style water gilded overmantel mirror

George III style water gilded overmantel mirror

George III style water gilded overmantel mirror

George III style water gilded overmantel mirror

Water gilded hand carved mirror

Water gilded hand carved mirror

Water gilded Chippendale style overmantel mirror

Water gilded Chippendale style overmantel mirror

A pair of Thomas Johnson style mirrors

A pair of Thomas Johnson style mirrors

Water gilded hand carved mirror

Water gilded hand carved mirror

Water gilded hand carved mirror

Water gilded hand carved mirror

George III style water gilded mirror in gilder's special finish

George III style water gilded mirror in gilder's special finish

George III style water gilded mirror in Napoleonic finish

George III style water gilded mirror in Napoleonic finish

Water gilded overmantel mirror

Water gilded overmantel mirror

Water gilded Chippendale style landscape mirror

Water gilded Chippendale style landscape mirror

White gold wall mirror

White gold wall mirror

Rose hand carved mirror - Large size

Rose hand carved mirror - Large size

Louis XVI style water gilded mirror

Louis XVI style water gilded mirror

Thomas Johnson style mirror - Antique finish

Thomas Johnson style mirror - Antique finish

Cherub cheval mirror - 60in.

Cherub cheval mirror - 60in.

Mahogany wall mirror

Mahogany wall mirror

A carved wood and parcel gilt mirror

A carved wood and parcel gilt mirror

Queen Anne style water gilded mirror

Queen Anne style water gilded mirror

George II style mirror - Antique finish

George II style mirror - Antique finish

Hand carved giltwood wall mirror

Hand carved giltwood wall mirror

Althorp mahogany overmantle mirror

Althorp mahogany overmantle mirror

George II style mirror - 56 in

George II style mirror - 56 in

Swan neck pediment mirror

Swan neck pediment mirror

Hand carved period giltwood mirror

Hand carved period giltwood mirror

Mahogany and birds eye maple wall mirror

Mahogany and birds eye maple wall mirror

George II style mirror - 48 in

George II style mirror - 48 in

Oval urn water gilded mirror

Oval urn water gilded mirror

Water gilded period mirror

Water gilded period mirror

Queen Anne style water gilded mirror

Queen Anne style water gilded mirror

An mahogany Chinoiserie hand-painted pier mirror

An mahogany Chinoiserie hand-painted pier mirror

Wrought iron and gilt wall mirror

Wrought iron and gilt wall mirror

William and Mary style pollard burl wall mirror

William and Mary style pollard burl wall mirror

Louis XVI style pier mirror

Louis XVI style pier mirror

George II style mirror - 40in

George II style mirror - 40in

Giltwood overmantel mirror

Giltwood overmantel mirror

George III overmantel trellis mirror

George III overmantel trellis mirror

Giltwood overmantel mirror

Giltwood overmantel mirror

18th Century Military giltwood mirror

18th Century Military giltwood mirror

Hand carved period giltwood mirror

Hand carved period giltwood mirror

Rose hand carved mirror

Rose hand carved mirror

George III style mirror - Antique finish

George III style mirror - Antique finish

Rose hand carved mirror - Mahogany

Rose hand carved mirror - Mahogany

Period giltwood mirror

Period giltwood mirror

Giltwood overmantel mirror

Giltwood overmantel mirror

George III style overmantel mirror

George III style overmantel mirror

Neo-classical dressing mirror

Neo-classical dressing mirror

Louis XVI style oil gilded mirror

Louis XVI style oil gilded mirror

Chippendale style overmantel mirror

Chippendale style overmantel mirror

Chippendale style landscape mirror

Chippendale style landscape mirror

A mahogany and figured anegre veneered wall mirror

A mahogany and figured anegre veneered wall mirror

Giltwood wall mirror

Giltwood wall mirror

Oil gilded mahogany wall mirror

Oil gilded mahogany wall mirror

Reeded giltwood mirror

Reeded giltwood mirror

Hand carved oval giltwood mirror with bell flowers

Hand carved oval giltwood mirror with bell flowers

John Linnell style mirror - Antique finish

John Linnell style mirror - Antique finish

Flame mahogany wall mirror

Flame mahogany wall mirror

Hepplewhite style mirror

Hepplewhite style mirror

George II style overmantel mirror

George II style overmantel mirror

Oil gilded period mirror with antiqued glass

Oil gilded period mirror with antiqued glass

Giltwood wall mirror

Giltwood wall mirror

Queen Anne style mirror

Queen Anne style mirror

Art Deco style overmantel mirror - antique finish

Art Deco style overmantel mirror - antique finish

Silver Art Deco style overmantel mirror

Silver Art Deco style overmantel mirror

Oval urn giltwood mirror

Oval urn giltwood mirror

Napoleon III style mirror

Napoleon III style mirror

George III style mirror

George III style mirror

Oil gilded period mirror

Oil gilded period mirror

Regency style pier mirror

Regency style pier mirror

Queen Anne style giltwood mirror

Queen Anne style giltwood mirror

Queen Anne style silver giltwood mirror

Queen Anne style silver giltwood mirror

Dorchester cheval mirror

Dorchester cheval mirror

A dressing table mirror

A dressing table mirror

Silver Art Deco style mirror

Silver Art Deco style mirror

Art Deco style mirror

Art Deco style mirror

William and Mary style oyster parquetry veneered wall mirror

William and Mary style oyster parquetry veneered wall mirror

Faux tusk and antler mirror

Faux tusk and antler mirror

Hand carved French style gilded mirror - 95cm

Hand carved French style gilded mirror - 95cm

Dorchester wall mirror - large

Dorchester wall mirror - large

Hand carved French style gilded mirror - 65cm

Hand carved French style gilded mirror - 65cm

Hand carved French style water gilded mirror

Hand carved French style water gilded mirror

Dorchester wall mirror

Dorchester wall mirror

Walnut swag and tail carved mirror

Walnut swag and tail carved mirror

Hand carved French style gilded mirror

Hand carved French style gilded mirror

Giltwood mirror with bevelled glass

Giltwood mirror with bevelled glass

Giltwood mirror with bevelled glass

Giltwood mirror with bevelled glass

Giltwood mirror with bevelled glass

Giltwood mirror with bevelled glass

Giltwood mirror with bevelled glass

Giltwood mirror with bevelled glass

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