Antique Cheval Mirrors
Antique Cheval Mirrors are a style of antique mirror which feature swiveling stands.
Brief history and description
Cheval mirrors were incredibly popular during the 1700s due to the fact that they featured swivel stands which allowed them to be moved up or down.
By the early 1800s, cheval mirrors typically featured wrought silver frames and elaborate décor, while Victorian-style cheval mirrors were generally made out of mahogany. Chippendale and Sheraton were two the most popular manufacturers of cheval mirrors, and their mirrors generally featured cabinet desks, drawers or shelves.
Guide for collectors
Walnut cheval mirrors with twin-side cabinets and marble tops, as well as three-fold mahogany cheval mirrors are considered to be the most rare. Antique cheval mirrors that feature designs or carvings, or mirrors with wrought silver frames, are considered to be valuable but not necessarily the most rare.
Restoration of an antique cheval mirror is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique cheval mirror may decrease its value.
Grand View Antiques & Auction in Roanoke, Alabama sold a Victorian faux bamboo cheval mirror (75" x 34.5" x 19.5") for $6,750 in March of 2007, a mahogany Chippendale-style cheval mirror (circa 1900; 62" x 22" x 23") for $375 in May of 2009 and a Chippendale revival mahogany cheval mirror (69" x 33" 24") for $500 in March of 2008.
Central Street Antiques and Auction in Windsor, Connecticut sold a Victorian mahogany cheval mirror for $450 in March of 2007,
Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson, Maryland sold an English Victorian mahogany cheval mirror (61.5" x 25" x 33.5" for $300 in April of 2007.
O'Gallerie in Portland, Oregon sold an oak cheval mirror (60" in height) for $110 in February of 2007.
Cordier Antiques & Fine Art in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania sold a Chippendale-style cheval mirror (circa early 1900s; 72" in height) for $1,600 in August of 2005
Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomation, Alabama sold a Colonial revival mahogany cheval mirror (60" x 30" x 20") for $360 in August of 2005, and another Colonial revival mahogany cheval mirror of the same dimensions for $300 in April of 2006.