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Empire Mirrors

EMPIRE STYLE

From 1804–15, Napoléon I reigned as the emperor of France, bringing the country into a new era of opulence after the fall of the monarchy and the tumultuous years of the French Revolution. He declared, “We must have very solid things, made to last 100 years.” Empire-style furniture followed suit, with imposing pieces constructed from mahogany and adorned with gilded ornaments. Expanding on the neoclassicism popularized in the previous century — such as in ​​Louis XVI style — Empire style borrowed from the great civilizations of antiquity, from Egypt to Greece and Rome, to connect this nascent empire to the power of the past.

Napoléon I believed the production of fine furniture would reflect the stature of the republic, with his official architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine leading the way with their work on his residences.

Luxurious materials, symmetrical shapes and bold colors characterize antique Empire-style bedroom furniture, armchairs, cabinets and other structures, with frequent motifs including mythological creatures, geometric designs, acanthus leaves, eagles, bees (the imperial emblem) and swans, a favorite of Empress Joséphine.

Flat surfaces, like marble tabletops, were accented with decadent details, such as the bronze furniture mounts made by sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire for the French palaces. Martin-Guillaume Biennais, who worked as the imperial goldsmith, crafted intricate luxury objects that mixed wood, fine metal, mother-of-pearl and ivory. Ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — was essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

The style became popular abroad, influencing the American Empire style. Stately pieces carved with sprigs of olives by cabinetmaker Pierre-Antoine Bellange were acquired by American President James Monroe for the White House in 1817.

Find a collection of antique Empire tables, lighting, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Empire
19th Century Empire Period Mahogany Mirror, Type "Psychee"
Located in Sofia, BG
Empire period mahogany mirror. The triangle topped frame holding the mirror supported on two columns with two removable bronze candleholders. Standing on four carved griffon legs, th...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mahogany

Empire Style Parcel Gilt Overmantel Mirror by ‘Alix A Paris’, circa 1880
Located in Brighton, West Sussex
An Empire style mahogany and Parcel gilt overmantel Mirror by ‘Alix A Paris’. French, circa 1880. Stamped 'ALIX A PARIS'. The mirror has an arched bevelled plate within a moulded and ribbon-tied, berried laurel surround, it is surmounted by a military trophy cresting. 'Georges-François Alix...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Wood

Empire Double Headed Eagle Bronze Wall Mirror, 1940s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Two Headed Eagle Bronze Wall Mirror, Spain, 1930s-1940s. Spectacular bronze wall mirror with a crowned double headed eagle surrounding a shield shaped beveled glass. This bronze mirr...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Empire Mirrors

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Bronze

Italian Empire Period Walnut and Ebonized Demilune Console Tables with Mirrors
Located in Firenze, IT
These beautiful antique Italian Empire demilune console tables with mirrors date back to early 19th Century. We can assume they were made in Florence, Italy and they come from a vill...
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19th Century Italian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mercury Glass, Mirror, Wood, Walnut, Giltwood

French Empire Gold Gilt Mirror
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A French Empire gold gilt mantle mirror from the 1800’s. The carved frame has its original gold gilt finish revealing the reddish bole beneath with decorative floral applique details...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

Decorative antique French mirror in the Empire style
Located in Budleigh Salterton, GB
Very stylish mid 19th century gilt mirror in the Empire style The large cushion frame surrounding the original mirror , original back boards French circa 1860
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1860s French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Giltwood

Tall & Narrow Empire Gold Gilt Mirror
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A tall Empire gold gilt mirror frame from the Netherlands with a carved Greek key motif and original mirror plate. Be sure to view the detailed images to see the current condition of...
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19th Century Dutch Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

19th Century French Empire Period Trumeau Mirror
Located in Munich, DE
Who knows where this 19th century French Trumeau mirror once held court? With its original olive patina and gilt wood frame & antique split mirror...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Giltwood

Antique French Empire Cheval Mirror
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Antique French Empire style cheval mirror with claw feet and figural bronze accents, circa 1900. Repairs at one joint; some minor speckling to mirror glass. Dimensions: 65.5"H x 41"W...
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Early 1900s French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Bronze

Late 19th C. French Overmantel Mirror
Located in Houston, US
This is an impressive classically styled yet restrained overmantel mirror and frame, painted with gilded decorative elements. Fluted pilasters are topped with a classical urn with pe...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Gold Leaf

Empire Psyche, France around 1810
Located in Greding, DE
Large standing mirror with rotating mirror in an arched frame. The mirror is held by lateral columns which end in fire-gilded bronze urns. The bases are also fire-gilt. The psyche st...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mahogany

Restored Empire Wall Mirror, Pearwood, Lacquered, Austria, 1820s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
It has been re-polished with polyutherane piano lacquer by our professional refurbishing team in Czechia according to the original process. Our professional refurbishing team in Cze...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mirror, Pearwood, Lacquer

1950s Tole Dressing Mirror
Located in Charlottesville, VA
We love tole and dressing mirrors. This is an Empire period dressing mirror. It has one drawer.
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1950s Vintage Empire Mirrors

Materials

Metal

Antique Empire style mirror, 19th Century
Located in ŚWINOUJŚCIE, 32
Antique Empire style mirror from the end of the 19th century. The Mirror of hand-polished mahogany is a beautifully crafted piece of furniture that was made in Denmark during the lat...
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19th Century Danish Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Wood

Vintage golden sunburst mirror
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Gilded resin sunburst mirror with convex mirror glass. The golden mirror is in a good condition. 1960s - made in Belgium. Dimensions: Diameter: 35cm Ref.: 87456414 Ref.: 1
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1960s Belgian Vintage Empire Mirrors

Materials

Resin

Antique 19th Century English Mahogany Empire Gentlemans Dressing Shaving Mirror
Located in Dayton, OH
Impressive antique 19th century (circa 1880s) English Empire gentleman's dressing mirror. Made from mahogany with a beveled wooden frame supported by exceptional barley twist upright...
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1880s Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Mahogany

Empire Mirror, 19th Century
Located in Honnelles, WHT
Empire mirror, stuccoed and painted wood, scratched on the mirror
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Wood

Fireplace Empire Lombardy First Quarter 19th Century
Located in Milano, IT
Lombard fireplace set in walnut, with ebonized and gilded parts. In the lower part, a broken plinth base with ebonized reserves bounded by successional leaf-carved and gilded battens...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Nutwood

Antique French Empire Mahogany Gilt Brass Pier Mirror
Located in New York, NY
This timeless piece features a swing open cabinet and pull out drawer. The drawer and lower cabinet door are keyed for secure locking, complemented by one barreled skeleton key. This...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Mirrors

Materials

Brass

A crotch mahogany Empire wall mirror circa 1830.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A crotch mahogany Empire wall mirror circa 1830.
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1830s French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Mahogany

Large French Empire Style Mirror with Gold Gilt Finish
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Large scale French Empire style mirror with beautiful neoclassical embossed motif in classic French form. Will add elegance to any room! #5862
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Early 20th Century Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Giltwood

19th Antique Marquetry Inlaid Mahogany Mirror
Located in Miami, FL
About This is a beautiful antique Spanish flame mahogany and marquetry wall mirror, circa 1840. The mahogany frame is beautifully inlaid with a continuous marquetry border. The qua...
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Early 19th Century Spanish Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Mahogany

Empire Frame, Italy, Early 19th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Wood stuccoed and gilded. Rectangular frame with cymatium frieze and pearl strip, alternating shell and dolphin decorations in relief.
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Wood

French Painted Faux Marble Wood Empire Mirror
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful French painted faux marble wood empire mirror. amazing hand painted details. Very old and original details. Add some French style to your home.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Mirror, Hand Polished Mahogany, Denmark, 1890s
Located in Lejre, DK
The Mirror of hand-polished mahogany is a beautifully crafted piece of art from the late Empire period. It is made in Denmark, dating back to the 1890s. The mahogany wood is carefull...
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1890s Danish Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mahogany

Italian Walnut Mirror
Located in New York, NY
Italian walnut mirror. Antique provincial bleached walnut mirror with later antiqued plate with clean modern classic lines. Italy, circa 1820. ...
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1820s Italian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mirror, Walnut

Empire Psyche Mirror in Mahogany, France, early 19th century
By P. Marcion
Located in VÉZELAY, FR
Psyche mirror in solid and veneered mahogany with antique triangular pediment and feet carved in the shape of animal claws/paws (sphinx, lion). The bronze parts are on the theme of n...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Bronze

Antique Mirror in Mahogany from the Late Empire perid from about 1840s
Located in Lejre, DK
Antique mirror in mahogany wood from the late Empire period from around the 1840s. Light in colour, due to sunlight over the years. Dimensions in cm: H:1...
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1840s Danish Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mahogany

Antique early 20th century small oval gold leaf and paint gilt French mirror
Located in Casteren, NL
This is a beautiful small oval mirror that was crafted in France in the early 20th century, around 1910. The mirror features a frame made of lime wood and is adorned with plaster mol...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Mirrors

Materials

Gold Leaf

Antique Empire Pier Mirror Full Length Mahogany and Gold France Late 19th Centur
Located in Bjuråker, SE
A mahogany and gilded pier mirror from the French Empire, late 19th century. There is a gold-plated pearl rim around the rectangular mirror and a gold-plated flower on the corners. A...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mahogany, Giltwood

Antique American Empire Walnut Leaf Carved Pier Wall Console Mirror
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique American Empire Walnut Leaf Carved Pier Wall Console Mirror. Circa 19th Century. Measurements: 38" H x 22" W x 4.5" D
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19th Century Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Walnut

Antique 19th century large oval gold and silver leaf gilt French mirror
Located in Casteren, NL
On offer here is a large antique oval mirror that was made in France in the second half of the 19th century, circa 1860. The mirror is decorated with beautiful ornaments with rich sy...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Silver Leaf, Gold Leaf

French 19th Century Empire Mahogany Mirror
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A courtly, Empire mirror from France with its original mirror plate. The frame is made of beveled mahogany decorated with gilt bronze stars, a motif commonly found throughout the Emp...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Golden Sunburst Mirror, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Gilded resin sunburst mirror with convex mirror glass. Rare example with a very unusual shape. Beautiful eye catching design. The golden mirror is in a very good condition. ...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin

Pair Of French 19th Century Empire St. Mahogany And Ormolu Mirrors
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A very architectural pair of French 19th century Empire St. Mahogany and Ormolu mirrors. The pair of mirrors display mirror plates flanked by two Mahogany columns. The columns have a...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Ormolu

Large Golden Oval Frame
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
O/6480 - Large golden oval frame, perfect for a mirror: it's better to mount the mirror Yourself, due to transport problems from Italy. On request i can do, however. It's very import...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Fruitwood

1970s Gilt Carved Resin Sculptural Wall Mirrors, Set of 2
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
On offer on this occasion is one of the most stunning wall mirrors you could hope to find. This is an ultra-rare opportunity to acquire what is, unequivocally, the best of the best, ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Resin

Huge Mirror, Frame, mahogany, faceted, console available, ~1810, Empire, Austria
Located in Wien, AT
Beautiful floor or full length mirror, from the Empire period, made around 1810 in Austria. This huge mirror is still in its original condition - about 20 years ago the surface was...
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1810s Austrian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mirror, Mahogany, Spruce

Antique French gold leaf gilded mirror cabinet Empire era 1820s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Antique French gilded gold-leaf mirror 1820s Empire period,characteristics of the period are the four palmette decorations adorning the corners of the frame,original mercury mirror o...
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1820s French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Gold Leaf

Mirror, Frame, wonderful swan decor, Empire, 1815, Vienna Austria
Located in Wien, AT
Wonderful wall mirror from the Empire period, around 1820, made in Vienna, Austria, Europe. The mirror is in impressive good condition, only the mirror plate has been renewed to en...
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1810s Austrian Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Spruce

Charming vanity mirror, table swivel mirror, bronze marble, Empire, 1820, France
Located in Wien, AT
Charming table mirror, a high quality work, made around the 1820s in France. The stand is out of bronze with a red marble base. The bronze stand is very delicately worked, with man...
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1820s French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Marble, Bronze

White Painted French Mirror
Located in Westwood, NJ
A French neoclassic style white painted and rubbed mirror with a molded cornice, paneled uprights each with flowerhead reliefs and with a beveled mirror. Dimensions: 52" W x 4.5" D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Empire Mirrors

Materials

Wood

19th Century French Antique Gilded Pinewood Wall Glass Mirror
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique French rectangular wall mirror made of hand carved gilded Pinewood with its original mirror glass, in good condition. The arched mirror is particularized by detailed flowe...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Giltwood, Pine

Midcentury Convex Eagle Mirror, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Resin convex mirror with an eagle - sometimes referred to as 'butler' mirror or 'witch eye' mirror. The mirror is in a very good condition. Beautiful eye catching mirror, ideal...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Empire Mirrors

Materials

Resin

Luxurious Vintage Mirror in Wooden Carved Frame, Belgium Large Wall Mirror
Located in Bastogne, BE
Empire Style vintage wall mirror in a beautiful wooden frame. Belgium. A mirror is an important accessory for any room. This model has a luxurious design that will add individuali...
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20th Century Belgian Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Wood

FRENCH GILDED MIRROR 19th CENTURY
Located in Madrid, ES
FRENCH GILDED MIRROR 19th CENTURY VERY DECORATIVE FRENCH GILDED WOOD MIRROR FROM THE XIX CENTURY. IT IS IN GOOD GENERAL CONDITION WITH ITS OLD PATINA. THE MIRROR IS ALL ORIGINAL. ME...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mirror

A pair of French early 19th century Empire period giltwood mirrors
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An attractive pair of French early 19th century Empire period Patinated and giltwood mirrors. The original mirrors plates are framed within an off white and gilt frame with bott...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Giltwood

19th Century French Gilded Pinewood Wall Glass Mirror - Antique Wall Décor
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A black-gold, antique French wall mirror made of hand crafted gilded Pinewood with its original mirrored glass, in good condition. The particularized carved Parisian mirror...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Pine

Antique Mirror, Mahogany, Denmark, 1840
Located in Lejre, DK
Antique mirror with hand polished mahogany originally from Denmark around the 1880s. Dimensions in cm: H: 153 W: 59.
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1840s Danish Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mahogany

19th Century Blue-Grey French Antique Pair of Tall Allegorical Glass Mirrors
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare pair of tall, antique French trumeau mirrors, in good condition. These antique slender mirrors are consisting partial gilded finish and the frames are patinated in the traditi...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Giltwood

DIA Neoclassical Bronze, Brass Mirror
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury neoclassical influenced mirror surrounded by brass trim and a bronze frame, made by Design Institute of America.
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20th Century American Empire Mirrors

Materials

Brass, Bronze

19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Gilded Wood Trumeau, Floor Glass Mirror
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A typical 19th century French carved and partial gilded Trumeau mirror, in good condition. The antique Floor mirror is consisting its original mir...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Giltwood

Italian 19th Century Empire St. Cherrywood and Ormolu Mirror
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A handsome and large scaled Italian 19th century Empire st. Cherrywood and ormolu mirror. The rectangular mirror is flanked by two circular columns with bottom block feet decorated b...
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19th Century Italian Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Ormolu

Elegant Table/Wall Mirror in Plated Silver. Empire Style, 19th Century
Located in Knivsta, SE
Elegant table/wall Mirror in plated silver. The mirror can be used both as a table mirror and for a wall ( see photos ). Beautifully decorated in Empire style and made in France duri...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Silver Plate

19th Century French Empire Pair of Metal Wall Glass Mirrors, Parisian Décor
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique French pair of wall mirrors with an arched top, made of hand crafted metal in good condition. The large mirror is consisting its original mirrored, leaded glass particular...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Metal

Elegant Table Mirror in Gilded Bronze. French Empire from the, 1820s
Located in Knivsta, SE
Elegant Table Mirror in gilded bronze and with a marble center. Very nice original gilding with beautiful details. French Empire from the 1820s. Good size for the dressing table or a...
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1820s French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Marble, Gold Plate, Bronze

Antique Original Stand Mirror, 20th Century
Located in Kerepes, HU
We present to you this special LARGE standing mirror in empire style. Folding mirror on two sides. Dimensions:  Height: 180 ( 205 ) cm for mirr...
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Early 20th Century European Empire Mirrors

Materials

Wood

Regency Style Bulls Eye Eagle Mirror
Located in New York, NY
A large Regency style mirror with birds eye maple round frame and domed glass central mirror. Topped with a large hand cast black resin eagle and accented on the bottom with matching...
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1980s Vintage Empire Mirrors

Materials

Resin, Birdseye Maple

Empire mirrors for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Empire mirrors for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage mirrors created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include mirrors, tables, wall decorations and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, glass and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Empire mirrors made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original mirrors, popular names associated with this style include Baker Furniture Company, C. Werné, Chelini Firenze, and Design Institute America. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for mirrors differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $321 and tops out at $161,044 while the average work can sell for $3,200.

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