Antique and vintage giltwood mirrors


2015-06-26 11:14:44


Antique and vintage giltwood mirrors are collectible mirrors fashioned from giltwood.

18th century British pieces are particularly sought after and are known for their highly decorative nature, featuring intricate carving.


Giltwood is any form of wood that has been gilded. Gilding is the process of applying a thin coating of a precious material, such as gold or silver, to an object.

Antique or vintage?

Giltwood mirrors produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

How much are giltwood mirrors worth?

The finest early 18th century pieces from Britain can sell for more than £140,000 at auction. More recent pieces produced in the style of 18th century giltwood mirrors can be found for as little as £70 at auction.

Notable sales of antique and vintage giltwood mirrors

  • An intricately carved, first quarter 18th century, Venice-made giltwood mirror, realised £138,000 at Christie’s London in July 2007.

  • A pair of George II 1740 carved giltwood and gesso mirrors sold for $318,400 at a Sotheby’s New York auction in November 2005.

  • A Queen Anne, circa 1710 giltwood mirror, incorporating a pair of eagle heads, achieved £146,750 at Sotheby’s London in October 2002.

  • See also

Main article: Antique and vintage gilt bird boxes
Main article: Antique Bullseye mirrors
Main article: Vintage sunburst mirrors
Main article: Gold

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