Style Files: The History of Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the best ways to add depth and decor to a space without taking up too much floor area. Professional designers often recommend using mirrors to hang on the wall above a dining room to reflect a chandelier, or installing a mirror across from a piece of beautiful art. Just be careful when hanging up mirrors and remember that they reflect everything and you want to use your mirrors to reflect light and highlight a nice piece of furniture, not a junk drawer or mail pile.

Mirrors have been used for thousands of years (dating all the way back to 6000 BC). The earliest mirrors were made of obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass. Polished stones were used as mirrors in Central in South American and mirrors of polished copper were used in Mesopotamia and in Ancient Egypt. The invention of the silvered-glass mirror is credited to German chemist Justus von Liebig in 1835. His modern mirror involved the deposition of a thin layer of metallic silver onto glass through the chemical reduction of silver nitrate. Today, mirrors are made by wet deposition of silver onto the glass substrate.

At AntiquitiesWeb, we love the reflected sunlight a mirror can bring into a room. We have a large selection of mirrors spanning multiple decades. Take a look at a few of our pieces:


Art Deco mirror circa 1930s.


Art Nouveau mirror circa 1900′s.


Biedermeier style Cheval standing mirror. 


Art Nouveau mirror circa early 1900′s.


French Art Deco wrought iron and glass mirror and console with black marble top.

If you’re looking for an Art Deco, Art Nouveau, or Biedermeier mirror then contact AntiquitiesWeb. Our selection of top quality antique mirrors are unique, original, and timelessly beautiful. No matter what kind of antique you’re looking for, AntiquitiesWeb has the piece for you. To see these pieces and more call us at 212-644-4236, contact us, or visit our New York gallery.


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