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Karl Springer Mirrors

American, German, 1931-1991

The Berlin-born, New York–based designer Karl Springer brought a chic, high-fashion sensibility to his coffee tables, mirrors, Lucite lamps and other furnishings. During his heyday in the 1970s, Springer’s work was a favorite of the glamour set, who enjoyed the novelty of pieces finished in rich and striking materials that ranged from exotic hides and skins to lacquer and chromed metal.

In a sense, Springer was a pre-postmodernist. Much as the dull, safe, corporate sameness of late 20th-century modernism prompted Ettore Sottsass, Michael Graves and others to explore new and provocative structures and materials in design and architecture, so, too, was Springer driven to enliven his creations with fresh and alluring energy and sleekness.

Springer came to New York in the late 1950s and found work arranging window displays at the department store Lord & Taylor. He had studied bookbinding in Germany, and, using his meticulous skills, he began crafting desk accessories wrapped in leather as a sideline. These pieces were sold in luxury stores like Bergdorf Goodman and drew a sophisticated clientele that included the Duchess of Windsor.

By 1965, Springer had established his own Manhattan atelier. It was Pierre Scapula, decorator to Jackie and Aristotle Onassis, who spotted Springer's disco-era Onassis chairs — which didn't yet have a name — first commissioned for a private residence in Acapulco, on the floor of the designer’s East 61st Street showroom. Jackie ordered barstools for the couple’s yacht, the Christina O, and dining chairs for their house on the Greek mainland.

At the time of his death, Springer had showrooms as far afield as Los Angeles, Tokyo and Munich.

The chairs, tables, credenzas and other furniture forms Springer created are generally simple, but substantial, and often have robust, rounded lines. The appeal of his work lies in Springer's insistence on exacting construction and, above all, his eye for unusual materials and finishes.

Springer employed Lucite, brass, and gunmetal along with chromed and polished steel, and revived exquisite finishes rarely seen since the days of Art Deco masters such as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean-Michel Frank: shagreen (a type of sharkskin), python, goatskin, bone, horn, and lacquered parchment, as well as fabrics that include batik prints. Made of such materials, Springer’s work is by its very nature flamboyant and eye-catching: a suite of pieces will astonish, and an artfully placed side table in exotic hide will add a surprising spark.

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Creator: Karl Springer
Karl Springer Vanity Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Lake Worth Beach, FL
Artist/Designer; Manufacturer: Karl Springer (American, 1931-1989); Karl Springer Ltd. (USA) Marking(s); notes: no marking(s) apparent Materials: chromed metal, brass, mirrored glass...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Mirrors

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Metal, Brass, Chrome

Karl Springer Large Wall Hanging Mirror In Pale Yellow and Black Python 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large and exceptional "Half Round Molding Mirror" covered in pale yellow and black python with beveled mirror by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This mirror is a superb example of Ka...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood, Python

Karl Springer Superb "Dome Top Mirror" in Ivory Shagreen with Bone Inlays 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional and iconic “Dome Top Mirror” in ivory shagreen with bone inlays and outside edge in tessellated travertine with beveled mirror by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The mat...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Travertine

Octagonal Shagreen Lacquer and Chrome Mirror by Karl Springer for Suzanne Sumers
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Hexagonal shape artisan shagreen lacquer with chrome details designed by Karl Springer. Out of the estate of Suzanne Sumer. It retains a label on the back (see detail photos). In ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Chrome

Karl Springer Rare and Exceptional Coromandel Mirror 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare "Coromandel Mirror" hand carved and hand decorated in black lacquer with channels painted in red lacquer and antiqued silver and gold leaf by Ka...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

Karl Springer Gunmetal and Gold Mirror, USA c 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Norwalk, CT
This large mirror features what is perhaps Karl Springer's most iconic style: gunmetal with gold washed brass detail. Certainly his most luxurious combination. This vintage mirror ha...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Metal

Karl Springer Gold FInish Octagonal Mirror, USA c 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Norwalk, CT
This large scale octagonal mirror by designer Karl Springer features a dramatic custom distressed gold leaf finish over wood, detailed with silver gilt dividers. Crafted with Springe...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Gold Leaf

Kartl Springer Double Sided Gunmetal and Chrome Vanity Mirror 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully crafted iconic double sided vanity mirror in polished gunmetal and chrome with magnifier on one side and regular mirror on the other by Karl Springer, American 1980's. I...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Chrome, Nickel

Karl Springer Large "Saturn Mirror" with Peach Glass Ring 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large hand-crafted "Saturn Mirror" with large beveled panels, outside arced mirrors in peach glass, by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This mirror was typi...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Wood, Glass

Karl Springer Saturn Mirror, 48", USA c1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Norwalk, CT
This impressive example of Karl Springer's "Saturn" mirror measures 48". The simple design is created by layering round and curved mirrors panels each with deep beveling. Very fine ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Mirror

Karl Springer Magnifying Vanity or Shaving Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Chrome and Brass Magnifying Mirror, designed by Karl Springer, American, circa 1980s. Rare, hard to find Springer design. The only other two examples online are priced at $85...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Metal, Brass, Chrome

Karl Springer "Half Round Molding Mirror" in Lacquered Gold Leaf 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Stunning "Half Round Molding Mirror" in mirror lacquered gold leaf by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This mirror is the epitome of glamor. Hangs on a wire on the back. Mirror is ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Gold Leaf

Karl Springer Mid Century Modern Parchment Wall Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Karl Springer Mid Century Modern Parchment Wall Mirror
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Mirrors

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Goatskin

Karl Springer Stunning Monumental "Dome Top Art Deco Mirror" 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Stunning monumental "Dome Top Art Deco Mirror" with front covered in artisan beveled mirrored panels by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This mirror is very impressive in person. Beau...
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1980s American Art Deco Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Lacquer, Mirror, Wood

Unique Colourful Lacquered Fabric Mirror by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Montreal, QC
Unique colourful lacquered fabric mirror by Karl Springer Provenance: Property from the personal collection of Jeff Schuerholz of Fat Chance, the iconic Los Angeles store for the Ho...
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Fabric

Karl Springer Signed Cognac Suede Leather Octagonal Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
Karl Springer Signed Cognac Color Suede and Nickel Mirror, American, circa 1980s. Beautiful contrast of the cognac color suede and the matte finish chrome trim. Signed with branded K...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Metal

"Signed" Karl Springer Large Brass & Tessellated Stone Wall Mounted Mirror 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Stunning, large, tall and very rare 'signed' domed or curved top Mid-Century brass and tessellated stone wall-mounted / hung vanity or hallway bevelled edged mirror by legendary Germ...
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1980s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Stone, Brass

Karl Springer Octagonal Mirror with Superb Artisan Marble Lacquer, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Octagonal wall hanging mirror in superb artisan marble lacquer with bronze accents and beveled mirror by Karl Springer, American 1980s. Springer worked with artists who could accompl...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Bronze

Goatskin Mirror by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Pasadena, CA
Modern, yet classic, round mirror finished in gray goatskin by Karl Springer. From the estate of Frank Gehry. Mint condition.
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Goatskin, Mirror

Karl Springer Large Vanity Mirror in Brass and Chrome, USA, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer large modernist vanity or table mirror in polished brass and chrome with one side a magnifying mirror and the other side a standard mirror...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Brass, Chrome

Karl Springer Stunning "Saturn Mirror", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Saturn Mirror" with curved mirrored panels, all with beautifully beveled edges, by Karl Springer, American 1980's. It is difficult to bevel on a curve. This mirror is nothing but cu...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Karl Springer Alligator Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Karl Springer embossed leather mirror. Original surface. Distinct Alligator pattern. Leather label present.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Leather

Karl Springer Rare Large Illuminating Vanity Magnifying Mirror, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Meticulously crafted extra large adjustable illuminating magnifying mirror in polished steel and brass by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This mirror...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Brass, Steel

Vintage Karl Springer Vanity Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Karl Springer vanity mirror Vintage wear and patina as shown. As Found Condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Mirrors

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Brass

Karl Springer Stunning Molded Bullseye Mirror in Egyptian Porphyry Lacquer 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Stunning wall-hanging molded "Bullseye Mirror" with frame in Egyptian porphyry lacquer by Karl Springer, American 1980's. Springer’s artisans mastered this complex and subtle lacquer...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Mirror, Lacquer, Wood

Karl Springer Brass and Nickel Vanity Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Karl Springer brass and Nickel Vanity mirror.
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20th Century American Post-Modern Karl Springer Mirrors

Materials

Brass, Nickel

Karl Springer Large Swivel Magnifying Round Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Largest size this mirror was executed by Karl Springer. One side is 1:1 and the other side is magnifying.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Brass, Nickel

Karl Springer Extra Large Vanity Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer Extra Large Vanity mirror. Includes a standard, circular mirror and a convex, magnified mirror on the other side. Has a polished steel ...
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1980s Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Brass, Steel

Karl Springer Stunning Octagonal Mirror in Lacquered Goatskin 1970s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Octagonal wall-hanging mirror in lacquered goatskin with darker lacquered goatskin edge by Karl Springer, American 1970's (Karl Springer leather label on back reads “Karl Springer LT...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Goatskin, Lacquer, Mirror, Wood

Karl Springer Brass and Nickel Vanity Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Nice mirror. Vanity or shaving.Brass and nickel. It swivels and one side is magnifying.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Brass, Nickel

Karl Springer Rare Wall-Mounted Mirror in Polished Chrome and Brass 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare wall-mount retractable finely crafted make up/shaving mirror in heavy gauge polished chrome and brass by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The craftsmanship of this mirror is off ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Brass, Chrome

Karl Springer Large Lacquered Goatskin or Parchment Beveled Wall Mirror, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer large exquisite rectangular wall mirror with lacquered goatskin frame and beveled mirror, USA, 1970s. This exquisite mirror has a simpl...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer Rare Illuminating Glass and Bronze Vanity Mirror, 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional and rare 3-part illuminating vanity mirror in hand blown green glass with artisan bronze fittings by Seguso (Murano Italy) for Karl Springer, American, 1980s (etched “KAR...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Bronze

Karl Springer Large Double Table Mirror, Brass and Nickel 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Spectacular mirror by Karl Springer. Substantial yet graceful design, achieved by the use of sumptuous and modern materials, an icon by any standard. The double mirror can be tilted....
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Brass, Nickel

Karl Springer "Marmol Style Mirror" in Black Leather and Bronze 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large "Marmol Style Mirror" with frame covered in black leather with bronze accents by Karl Springer, American 1980's (Karl Springer label on back). This mirror is beautifully made a...
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1980s North American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Bronze

Karl Springer Stunning Mirror in Python and Black Lizard, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully crafted mirror with frame in black lizard with interior and exterior edges wrapped in python with beveled mirror by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This mirror exemplifie...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Mirror, Lizard, Python, Wood

Karl Springer Octagonal Mirror in Shagreen Lacquer with Brass Accents, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional wall hanging mirror, octagonal with artisan shagreen lacquer with brass accents, by Karl Springer, American 1980's. Mirror is beveled. Reference: Karl Springer LTD pa...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Brass

Karl Springer Rare Sea Shell Mirror, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare wall-hanging mirror covered with sea shells arranged in a beautiful arc top pattern by Karl Springer, American 1970's. As with all Springer pieces, this is meticulously crafted ...
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1970s North American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Shell, Wood

Karl Springer Octagonal Mirror in Ivory Lacquer with Chrome Accents, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
8 Sided mirror with custom artisan ivory lacquer and polished chrome accents by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. The mirror is beveled. A classic Springer design. Reference: Karl ...
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1970s North American Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Chrome

Karl Springer Octagonal Mirror in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Wall hanging mirror, octagonal with lacquered light goatskin in front of darker lacquered goatskin edge, with beveled mirror inside, by Karl Springer, American, 1970’s. The combinati...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Goatskin, Glass, Wood

Karl Springer "Half Round Molding Mirror" in Vibrant Gray Python, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Half Round Molding Mirror" in vibrant gray python with beveled mirror by Karl Springer, American 1970's. Exceptional materials and craftsmanship are the h...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood, Python

Karl Springer Molding Mirror Covered in Black Cobra 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Molding Mirror" in black cobra by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This mirror is meticulously crafted.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Glass, Python, Wood

Rare Large Karl Springer Bronzed Dressing Table/ Vanity Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in East Hampton, NY
This iconic large Karl Springer Art Deco inspired vanity make-up mirror dates to the 1970s-1980s. Made from stainless steel and bronzed finish brass,...
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1970s American Art Deco Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Brass, Steel

Karl Springer "Half Round Molding Mirror" in Hippo Suede 1977 'Signed and Dated'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large wall-hanging "Half Round Molding Mirror" covered in hippopotamus suede by Karl Springer, American 1977 (signed on back “Karl Springer 1977”). Mirror is beveled. It is one of th...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Animal Skin, Glass, Wood

Karl Springer Large Wall Hanging Mirror in Cobra and Hippo Suede 1987 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large and impressive artisan wall hanging mirror in brown cobra trimmed with hippopotamus suede edges with beveled mirror by Karl Springer, American 1987 (signed with label on back t...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Animal Skin, Mirror, Wood

Large and Important Signed Karl Springer Mirror with Lacquered Goatskin Frame
By Karl Springer
Located in Stamford, CT
A large and important signed Karl Springer mirror with lacquered goatskin frame in tortoise color with beveled glass mirror and silvered brass tone insets around the frame. Mirror ha...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Mirrors

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Goatskin

Karl Springer Large "Molding Mirror" Covered in Black Cobra, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large "Molding Mirror" in black cobra by Karl Springer, American, 1970's. Mirror is beveled. This piece is meticulously crafted in the finest materials.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Wood, Glass, Animal Skin

Karl Springer Tessellated Stone Mirror Labeled
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A beautiful Karl Springer tessellated stone mirror with a nice bevel. The mirror is quite substantial with a deep angle as it is almost 3 inch...
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1970s Philippine Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Bone, Mirror

Original Signed Karl Springer Large Wall Hanging Mirror in Tessellated Horn
By Karl Springer
Located in East Hampton, NY
This rare and signed large Karl Springer mirror in tessellated horn with deco style accents. It is very heavy and beveled mirror which makes this a wonderful and impressive scale mir...
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1970s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Mirror, Horn

Extra Large Goatskin Beveled Mirror by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A spectacular extra large half round molding beveled mirror with step down detail. The mirror was designed by Karl Springer LTD in the 1980s. The mirror is covered with goatskin and ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Goatskin

Swing Arm Vanity / Shaving Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Swing arm chrome and brass vanity / shaving mirror by Karl Springer. Measured as shown. Mirror 13.5" diameter.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Brass, Chrome

Monumental "Saturn" Mirror by Karl Springer, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Pasadena, CA
Enormous "Saturn" mirror in bevelled glass by Karl Springer, 1980s. Minor age appropriate wear (see photos) that in no way detracts from the striking and impressive quality of this m...
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Mirror

Karl Springer Monumental "Half Round Molding Mirror" in Lacquered Goatskin 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Monumental "Half Round Molding Mirror with Step Down Detail" in lacquered goatskin with beveled mirror by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This mirror is very impressive in scale and the goatskin is luxurious. Reference: Karl Springer Ltd red binder catalog published in the 1980’s, section titled “mirrors...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Goatskin, Mirror, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Octagonal Chrome and Marbelized Lacquer Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer octagonal mirror with 1" bevel, framed in a butterscotch yellow veined lacquer that resembles marble at much less weight. Polis...
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

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Chrome

Karl Springer Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A vintage Karl Springer mirror in laquered frame.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

Karl Springer Optic Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This is one of our favorite Karl Springer mirrors. Wood trim is dark blue.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

Materials

Lacquer, Mirror

Mid Century Modern Karl Springer Parchment Bullnose Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Mid Century Modern Karl Springer Parchment Bullnose Mirror
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Mirrors

Materials

Goatskin

Karl Springer Rare and Exceptional Large Sea Shell Mirror 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare large and exceptional wall-hanging arc top mirror covered with sea shells arranged in a beautiful concentric pattern by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This piece is meticulous...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Mirrors

Materials

Shell, Mirror, Wood

Karl Springer mirrors for sale on 1stDibs.

Karl Springer mirrors are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Karl Springer mirrors, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original mirrors by Karl Springer were created in the modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider mirrors by Milo Baughman, and Pace Collection. Prices for Karl Springer mirrors can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,400 and can go as high as $18,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $8,500.

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