How Antique Gilt Mirrors Are Made

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 | Antiques with 1 Comment

Antique gilt mirrors are often considered collectibles and treasures because of the beauty they possess and the value they hold. Here is a look at how antique gilt mirrors are made.

Original Gilt Framed Antique French Sugared Mirror


Antique gilt mirrors are made with reflective glass and adorned with various materials as frames. Frames are made of hard and sturdy materials. Wood is one of the most used materials for antique mirror frames because they are easier to manipulate in terms of structure and design. Gold, silver, and other metals are also used for antique gilt mirrors because they provide a grand and sophisticated finish.


The process of gilding is considered an art form. This involves laying a whisper-thin layer of gold or other materials into a surface. Since it is a very thin and delicate layer, the process requires both technique and artistry to accomplish. The layer is applied into the surface with an adhesive. While gold is a very popular material for gilding because of its aesthetic quality and value, other metals can also be applied.


The designs used in antique gilt mirrors are reflective of the era they came from. The patterns such as floral or leaf carvings and how ornate the designs are represent the trends and preferences of their times.

Slender Rococo Style Gilt Framed Mirror

For example, a Gothic piece will have its characteristic topped with a pointed arch and elaborate carvings.  An antique mirror from the Georgian period will focus emphasis on symmetry and is shown in various pale colors. These applications and design influences are exhibited in the furniture here at Antiques on Old Plank Road.

Antique gilt mirrors often date as far back as the 12th century and is reflective (no pun intended) of the times and history of its era. Adding them to your favorite spaces is a great way to add depth and character to your household.


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    Andy Simmons // October 15th, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Not bad at all. This sort of antique gilt mirrors is always beautiful to most of the people and specially to me as well. So finally I knew how to make this antique gilt mirrors and if I need anything like antique related materials then definitely will be back in here. Good work:)

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