Queene Anne Pier Mirror

In the early 18th century, during the illustrious reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the Stuart dynasty who oversaw the unification of England and Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain, an exceptional piece of artistry was crafted: a pier mirror of such rarity and beauty that it captivated all who beheld it. This period, marked by Queen Anne’s fervent support for the arts and sciences, saw the flourishing of design and craftsmanship that catered to the refined tastes of the nobility and the burgeoning upper classes. Amidst this renaissance of artistic expression, the pier mirror stood as a testament to the era’s exquisite craftsmanship and the monarch’s influence on art and decor.

This particular mirror, a marvel of its time, features its original split, engraved, and hand-beveled mercury mirror plates—a technique that was both innovative and exceedingly rare, reflecting the cutting-edge artistic advancements of the era. The plates were set within borders of gilt metal fillets, their lustrous finish providing a stark, opulent contrast to the extremely slim giltwood frames that encased them. The main mirror plate, deliberately split into two to overcome the limitations of the production process, bore the upper section adorned with fine scallop edging and deeply engraved foliate detailing, elements that showcased the meticulous attention to detail and the high level of skill of its creators.

In an age when mirrors were still a luxury not commonly found in the average home, this pier mirror was not merely a reflective surface but a symbol of wealth, taste, and the scientific advancements in glassmaking and mercury mirroring. The rarity of such a mirror cannot be overstated; for most people of the time, the chance to own or even gaze upon one was a rarity in itself. Its existence during Queen Anne’s reign, a period that championed the development of the British Empire and its cultural achievements, underscores the mirror’s significance as a piece of historical and artistic heritage. It stands as a silent witness to the opulence and refined aesthetic of the early 18th century, a period where art and power were intimately intertwined under Queen Anne’s patronage.

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Queen Anne Border Glass Giltwood Pier Mirror

Stock Number: 12030

A rare early 18th century pier mirror with its original split, engraved and hand beveled mercury mirror plates set within borders of gilt metal fillets and extremely slim giltwood frames. The main mirror plate split in two, the upper section with fine scallop edging and deeply engraved foliate detailing.

Condition: Crack to the upper plate, right-hand side.


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 143 cm (56.30 inches)
  • Width: 62 cm (24.41 inches)


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