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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.

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
Ebonized Empire Table Mirror
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 19th century French Empire Vanity table mirror is in good condition still keeps its original mahogany and ebonized color combination finish newly refurbished. The mirror is held...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Brass

French Empire Wall Mirror, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
French empire wall mirror, 19th Century French. Carved and gilded wood frame. Signs of use. Dim.: 100 x 125 cm Good conditions.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Wood

Fine Pair of Swedish 19th Century Empire Mirrors
By C. Werné 1
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Fine pair of 19th century Swedish Empire mirrors signed by master mirror maker C. Werne´, circa 1820, Sweden.      
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19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Mirrors

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Wood

Neoclassical Empire Round Silver Hand Carved Wooden Mirror
Located in Madrid, ES
Neoclassical Regency Empire style handcrafted mirror. Round hand carved wooden structure with silver foiled finish. Spain, 1970.
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1670s Spanish Antique Empire Mirrors

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Wood

18th Century Empire Italian Gilt Mirror Rome, 1790s
Located in Roma, RM
Mirror in gilded wood, of Roman origin, central Italy, Empire period in style Louis XV, finely carved with bambocci, masks and floral motifs, object of great quality and elegance, mi...
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1790s Italian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Giltwood

Vintage Italian Convex Giltwood Mirror
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A vintage Italian mirror hand-crafted out of maple wood features remarkable carved details depicting an American eagle sitting on the pedestal with a unique gilt and silver leaf fini...
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1980s Italian Vintage Empire Mirrors

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Lacquer, Mirror, Wood, 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. Th...
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Early 19th Century Spanish Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mirror, Mahogany

Mid Century Golden Sunburst Mirror, 1960s
Located in Ottenburg, 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

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Mirror, Resin

Early 19th Century French Empire Cheval Mirror
Located in La Plata, MD
Featuring a very handsome period French Empire free standing Cheval mirror. The mirror frame and stand are made of solid mahogany. The frame consists of two turned columns mounted on...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Bronze

Mid 19th Century French Gilt Framed Mirror
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A Mid 19th Century, French, gilt framed over mantle mirror with a moulded edge and beading framing the mirror plate. Over mantle mirrors were designed to be placed above a firepla...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Empire Mirrors

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Glass

Antique French Empire Style Brass Paw Feet Oval Vanity Table Double Mirror
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique French empire style brass paw feet oval vanity table double mirror. Item features 3 brass paw feet, mirror on both sides, flame finials, great style and form, circa early 20t...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Mirrors

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Brass

Substantial Mahogany Empire Cheval Mirror
Located in Cheshire, GB
Very large figured mahogany and ormolu mounted cheval mirror, the architectural top above rectangular mirror plate supported by turned pilasters. The square stepped base section havi...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mahogany

Set of Five Italian Midcentury Made Bronze and Brass Barber Wall Mirrors
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare group of practical size vintage Empire mirrors. If you are looking for a quality made and practical size mirror then one of these Empire Revival specimens could be yours to own...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Empire Mirrors

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Brass, Bronze

Period Century Giltwood Italian Empire Frame
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful Italian Empire original giltwood frame. Early 19th Century Internal measurements cm 6 x 7.5 (oval) Every item of our Gallery, upon request, is accompanied by a certifica...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Wood

Early 19th Century Plateau Mirror
Located in Copenhagen, K
Plateau mirrors was used on the dining or dressing table, in front of guest of honor, to put flowers or candles on.
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Bronze

19th Century Large French Empire Wall Mirror
Located in Petworth,West Sussex, GB
An attractive 19th century French Empire rectangular frame wall mirror. The deep square frame with ebonized black wood frame and gold gilt accent details emphasize the frame. Very de...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mirror, Ebony

American Empire Style Zoomorphic Design Cheval Mirror
Located in New York, NY
American Empire-style (first quarter 20th Century) mahogany cheval mirror flanked by carved swans on a scalloped base with paw feet and an eagle finial.
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1910s Vintage Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mahogany

Empire Nut Wood Wall Mirror with Brass Rosettes 19th Century, Austria circa 1815
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Remarkable empire nut wood wall mirror from the renowned period in Austria, circa 1815. Made with fine walnut veneer this over 205 year old mirror shows a fantastic grain and comes w...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Brass

Neoclassical Empire Rectangular Gold Hand Carved Wooden Mirror, Spain, 1970
Located in Madrid, ES
Neoclassical Empire style handcrafted mirror. Rectangular hand carved wooden structure with gold foiled finished.
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1870s Spanish Antique Empire Mirrors

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Gold Leaf

Antique Empire Gilt Carved Painted Beech Wood Swedish Trumeau Wall Mirror
Located in Munich, DE
This beautiful beechwood trumeau features fine carvings of two columns and a basquet filled with fruit and flowers. The high relief woodwork is partially guilt and has retained it's ...
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1810s Swedish Antique Empire Mirrors

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Beech

Large 19th Century Empire Parcel Gilt Wall Mirror
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is a stately green painted and parcel gilt Empire mirror with a triangular cornice over a wide highly decorated frame surrounding a mirror plate, 19th century.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Wood

Rare and Great Condition Pair of Early 1800s Empire Style Nutwood Wall Mirrors
Located in Lisse, NL
Beautiful antique beveled mirrors with identical handcrafted frames. Finding a matching pair of antique wall mirrors only happens a few times in your life and to have found them in ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mirror, Hardwood

Pair of French 1st Empire Dore Bronze Mtd. 5-Arm Mirrored Sconces, Att. Thomire
Located in New York, NY
A Magnificent Pair of French 1st Empire Period Dore bronze mounted five-arm sconces/mirrors, Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire. Each mirrored sconce is of octagonal form with a b...
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1810s French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Bronze

Empire Mirror by Carl A. Carlsson, Origin: Sweden, Signed and Dated, Circa 1916
By C. A. Carlsson
Located in New York, NY
Empire mirror by Carl A. Carlsson (Swedish, Nykoping) Origin: Sweden, Signed and Dated, on verso: Carl Carlsson Nyköping 1916, circa 1916.
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1910s Swedish Vintage Empire Mirrors

Materials

Giltwood

Early 19th Century Empire Framed Mirror Walnut with Gold Detail, Circa 1820
Located in Encinitas, CA
Early 19th Century Empire Framed Mirror Walnut with Gold Detail, Circa 1820. Stately large vertical mirror with handsome architectural old walnut frame. Fine details and accent gold ...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Walnut

French Style Painted Mirror with Broken Pediment Architectural Cartouche
Located in Houston, TX
French style painted mirror with broken pediment architectural Cartouche. The painted finish appears to show wear.
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20th Century French Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Wood, Paint

French Empire Mahogany and Gilded Bronze Cheval Mirror
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A centrally pivoted cheval mirror with gilded bronze mounts; the arched beveled mirror framed in mahogany with gilded bronze rosettes; the mirror supported on each side with two step...
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Early 18th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mahogany

Italian Neoclassical Giltwood Mirror
Located in New York, NY
Italian Neoclassical giltwood mirror. Antique gilt carved mirror with scrolled acanthus surround, leaf-tipped outer edge with corner lion masks and ribbon wrapped staff inner edge s...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Giltwood

French Empire Style Gilt Leaf and Urn Motif Wall Mirror
Located in Peabody, MA
French empire style wall mirror featuring a classic motif of gilt leaf and flower vining emanating from a center urn, circa 1960s.
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1960s Unknown Vintage Empire Mirrors

Materials

Metal

Empire Style Parcel Gilt Overmantel Mirror by ‘Alix A Paris’, circa 1880
Located in London, GB
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 ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Wood

Empire Giltwood Pier Mirror
Located in New York, NY
Empire Giltwood Pier mirror. French, circa 1810. Measures: 64 1/2 x 33 inches. [2366]
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Giltwood, Mirror

Swedish 19th Century Giltwood Empire Trumeau
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This mirror is an exceptional example of an Empire style trumeau from Sweden, circa 1850 with gorgeously carved Egyptian inspired details. The beveled mirror glass is framed in gold ...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Mirrors

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Glass, Mirror, Wood, Giltwood

Russian Imperial Style Desk, Chair, and Mirror
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
A three-piece, 19th century Russian Imperial style furniture set consisting of a large mirror, leather chair and a three-drawer bureau plat with an inlaid leather writing pad in the ...
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19th Century Russian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Brass

19th Century Russian Pair of Antique Beechwood, Brass Wall Mirrors and Consoles
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique Russian pair of wall mirrors and console tables, nightstands made of hand carved Karelian Beechwood in good condition. The floor mirrors are supported by two arched legs w...
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Mid-19th Century Russian Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Metal, Brass

Large Vintage Golden Sunburst Mirror, 1960s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Large gilded wooden sunburst mirror with convex mirror glass. Good condition with normal age related wear/patina 1960s - made in Belgium. Dimensions: Diameter: 63cm/24.80" ...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Empire Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Pair of Large Empire Style Mirrors, by Maison Krieger
Located in London, GB
A large and impressive pair of Empire style gilt-bronze and burr, Amboyna Mirrors, By Maison Krieger. Each mirror is over 328 cm high (129 inches) and has a scrolled cresting cent...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Ormolu

19th Century French Empire, Louis XVI Mirror
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Empire ~ Louis XVI mirror is a splendid example of a transitional style that merges the two classically oriented designs into one impressive work of art! Finely d...
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1890s French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

Antique Empire Reverse Painted Adams Style Giltwood Trumeau Wall Mirror 19th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique American Empire Trumeau wall mirror offers giltwood frame with upper having reverse painted estate scene, 19th century. Measures - 31''H x 18''W x 3.5''D. Catalogue Note...
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19th Century American Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Wood, Paint

Napoleon III Gilt Cheval Mirror
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Impressive continental cheval mirror with a mild carved design and a gilt surface.
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Late 19th Century Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Empire Style Trumeau Mirror
Located in Houston, TX
Painted Empire style Trumeau mirror with raised gilt plaster ornamentation.
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2010s Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Wood, Paint

Antique Empire Style French Mirror, circa 1850
Located in Houston, TX
Antique rectangular French Empire style Painted Mirror with carved acanthus leaf and rosette detail on the frame. This piece is suitable to hang horizontally or vertically.
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1850s French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Paint, Mirror, Wood

Vintage Golden Sunburst Mirror, 1960s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Heavy gilded resin sunburst mirror with convex mirror glass. The golden mirror is in a good condition. 1960s - made in Belgium. Dimensions: Diameter: 55cm/ 21.6" Diameter ...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Empire Mirrors

Materials

Resin, Mirror

Leitizia Bonaparte’s, Madame Mere Dressing Mirror and Jewellery Cabinet
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A mahogany cheval mirror and jewellery cabinet, once belonging to Leitizia Bonaparte, Napoleon's mother. The veneered semi circular topped mirror framed by columns topped with gilt b...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Oversized French Empire Style Giltwood Over Mantle Mirrors 20th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
A matching pair of large French Empire style over mantel mirrors over giltwood construction with foliate, shell, garland, floral and scroll elements, 20th century Measures - 60.75''...
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20th Century American Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Wood

19th Century Italian Empire Style Carved Gilt Wood Mirror with Gesso
Located in Dallas, TX
Elegant 19th century Italian Empire style carved mirror with gold gilt and gesso. Very fine carving and patina. Makes an impressive statement. So pretty!!
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19th Century Italian Antique Empire Mirrors

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Wood

Important French 19th Century Ormolu Mirror with Sphinxes of Monumental Size
Located in London, GB
A monumental ormolu mirror exhibited at the Exposition Universelle, Paris 1889 by Henry Dasson of Paris Constructed in gold leaf gilt bronze and signed to reverse by the maker in...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Ormolu

Antique Carved and Gilt Wood Empire Trumeau Mirror from ± 1800 - 1820
Located in Baambrugge, NL
Wood carved empire trumeau mirror from ± 1800 - 1820. The gold frame of gold leaf gilded wood carving decorated with palmettes and rosettes. Trumeau mirrors were the mirrors above a ...
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1810s French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Wood

Italian Mid 20th Ct. Ebonized and Gilt Wood Carved Mirror
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Italian Mid 20th Ct. ebonized and gilt wood carved mirror. In the style of Palladio. Empire style design. Gilt accents with an ebonized background.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Empire Mirrors

Materials

Wood

French 19th Century Empire Trumeau
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A wonderful French Empire trumeau, circa 1880. The worn white painted base is the perfect backdrop for the gilt gold reliefs and mirror frame. The beautifully carved details atop the...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

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Gold Leaf

Neoclassical Empire Rectangular Gold Hand Carved Wooden Mirror, 1970
Located in Madrid, ES
Neoclassical Empire style handcrafted mirror. Rectangular hand carved wooden structure with gold foiled finished.
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1970s Spanish Vintage Empire Mirrors

Materials

Gold Leaf

19th Century Mahogany Wood Frame Trumeau Mirror
Located in Hudson, NY
Beautiful craftsmanship of the mid-19th century beveled mahogany wood frame hanging trumeau wall mirror with inlaid top design details. The mirror is in great condition with appropri...
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1840s European Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Wood, Mahogany

Empire Giltwood Carved Frame
Located in New Orleans, LA
Period Empire giltwood frame.
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Early 1800s French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Giltwood

19thC Gilded Wood Framed Beveled Mirror
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A simple rectangular beveled mirror with a bright beaded water-gilt frame.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Giltwood

French Empire Mahogany and Ormolu Mounted Cheval Mirror
Located in Essex, MA
With an arched mirror set in a conforming frame and able to swing and adjust, flanked by a pair of columns with Corinthian capitals and urn finials, square plinth base. Casters.
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1820s French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mahogany

Swedish 19th Century Empire Trumeau
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This Swedish Empire style trumeau exudes a simple refinement in its symmetry and composure. A simple pediment sits atop a painted black and decorative gilt cornice. The top portion i...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Mirrors

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Ormolu

French Empire Period Trumeau
Located in Pembroke, MA
Empire painted trumeau mirror with neoclassical detailing, including winged cherub, in dark green and gold.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Gesso, Mirror, Wood, Paint

Empire Gilt Classical and Foliate Carved Triptych over Mantel Mirror
Located in Big Flats, NY
Empire triptych over mantel wall mirror features Classical foliate and bead carved and gilt frame surrounding each of three mirror panels, 19th century Measures: 30" H x 62.25" W x...
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19th Century American Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Giltwood, Mirror

Antique Empire Reverse Painted Still Life Giltwood Trumeau Wall Mirror 19th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique American Empire Trumeau mirror offers giltwood column form frame with upper having reverse painted floral still life, 19th century. Measures - 34.5''H x 18.5''W x 3.5''D....
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19th Century American Antique Empire Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Wood, Paint

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