Mirrors can enhance a space in a great variety of ways - from the practical benefits of added light and perception of depth to the introduction of an elegant style statement. The presence of a beautifully carved gilt mirror was a key feature in 18th and early 19th century interior design, progressing from the sumptuous ornament of the George II and III periods to the more restrained neo-classical works of the Regency.
Our Fine Furniture & Works of Art specialist Douglas Girton outlines a few of his favourites from the selection of 16 lots coming up in our auction on Wednesday 27 September.
Just a touch of gold - An early 18th century George II piece
This beautiful walnut example would add a warmth and just a splash of glamour to an interior.
GEORGE II WALNUT AND PARCEL GILT MIRROR
EARLY 18TH CENTURY
109cm high, 55cm wide
Estimate £1,200-1,800 + fees
Pure Golden Splendor
This elaborate example is the ultimate statement piece - masterfully carved with floral detail, dripping water and acanthus scrolls all surmounted by an architectural cresting with a fruiting basket finial.
GEORGE III GILTWOOD MIRROR
136cm high, 82cm wide
Estimate £ 800-1,200 + fees
Regency interior design saw the addition of more architectural details to furniture and accessories, strongly influenced by the classical designs of Ancient Greece and Egypt. The elegant proportions of this 19th century are emphasised by the carved reeded columns with palm captials and key deoration in the upper frieze.
REGENCY GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR
EARLY 19TH CENTURY
150cm high, 75cm wide
Estimate £400-600 + fees
Style on a budget
For a more accessible way to introduce period detail to your home look for pieces in "the style of". They may be more modern in manufacture but pieces like this George III Style mirror can still provide the finishing touch you have been looking for.
GEORGE II STYLE GILTWOOD MIRROR
96cm high, 75cm wide
Estimate £ 300-500 + fees
Date for your Diary
Fine Furniture & Works of Art Auction | 27 September 2017 | 10am
Meet the Specialist
Douglas Girton | 0131 557 8844 | firstname.lastname@example.org