Relevant categories: Mirrors
( Above photo - Italian Gilt Pier Mirror Rococo Wall Mirrors )
Pier mirrors are handy decorative items which can increase the light and create an illusion of more space in a home. Having existed for centuries, these mirrors come in different shapes and sizes. Their designs and decorations also differ from one period to another.
They usually sit on the wall in the space between two consecutive windows. You can use a pier mirror by hanging it above a pier table or the entrance to your home. So, what are the different types of pier mirrors can you find on the market today? Here are a few suggestions:
This is one of the most notable types of pier mirrors you can find on the market today. Of course, these pier mirrors were made during the Regency period from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Some of the mirrors made at that time have twin half columns and elongated panels. Others have distinctive temple tops and classical columns imitating Greek and Roman architecture.
The materials used to make these mirrors include gilt wood and the mirror itself. One particular Regency pier mirror features an eagle cresting and acanthus leaf carvings. The base material for the frame is mahogany.
( Above photo - XL French Giltwood Mirror Standing Rococo Pier Mirrors 7 Feet )
Some pier mirrors were either made during the Victorian era or in conformity to the style at that time. They feature hand-carved fluted columns and Corinthian capitals. There was also a carved crest moulding with acanthus leaf carvings on a centre cartouche. Other decorations include rose vignettes and white marble tops at the bottom.
While some Victorian pier mirrors were small, others were large and could cover entire piers. These often had open pendant tops with central spires. Besides the bevelled glass, Victorian pier mirrors also had baluster frames.
( Above photo - French Rococo Gilt Pier Mirror Floral Frame Glass )
Queen Anne reigned in England at the beginning of the 18th century. The pier mirrors at that time were either black appended or featured carved gilt wood frames. You could also find mercury mirrors with bevelled edges.
During the Queen Anne period, foreigner influences on furniture design were becoming very common. Therefore, some mirror frames are in the shape of oriental buildings such as the pagoda. There are Chinese figures as well as distinctive chinoiserie figures.
( Above photo - XL French Giltwood Mirror Pier XL Napoleon III 7 Feet )
Georgian pier mirrors have distinctive features but in wide variation based on when they were produced. The pier mirrors have 1 ½-inch bevel on the frames. Elaborate carvings include strawberry vines and flowers. On the crown moulding, you should be able to see elaborate raised motifs sitting on shaped gold moulding.
The golden centre on the frieze also has raised floral motifs. These mirrors often had an apron whose mouldings resemble those of the mirror frame. Finally, it features carved legs that terminate in the plinth platform. The mirror stands on pad feet composition.
In conclusion, there are many types of pier mirrors, depending on the period or style in which they were manufactured. Therefore, you may choose a pier mirror based on the features you want it to have. If you’re looking for a pier mirror to buy, don’t hesitate to talk to us.
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Convex Regency eagle mirrors are highly decorative items that can transform any space within your home. The mirrors are mounted on gilt wood frames that render them beautiful to the core. They may have eagle features on their frames.
In 1925, the Exposition Internationale Des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modern was held in Paris bringing to the fore the Art Deco style, which had been simmering under the rudder since 1908. It was an international exhibition that brought together artists, architects, and furniture makers from across the world.
Period Georgian antiques were created between 1714 and 1837. Therefore, they lasted until Queen Victoria ascended to the throne. Given the vast period within which it lasted, Georgian antiques represent many styles, moving from the era of one king to another. In it, you’ll find antique made in the Rococo, Chippendale, Regency, and Neoclassic styles.