Antique Tri Fold Floor Mirrors
Antique Tri Fold Floor Mirrors are large floor-standing mirrors featuring three panels.
History and Description
Tri-fold mirrors are mirrors with a central panel flanked by panels to each side which offer the user three views of themselves. While the central mirror-panel remains generally static, the side panels (wings) can be moved to obtain the best reflection.
They can be free-standing and full length, but are more usually sited on dressing-tables, especially furniture designed specifically as a "vanity unit" for the use of women. By the beginning of the 20th century, tri-fold mirrors were commonly an integral part of dressing tables for the mass market, and were fixed, rather than free-standing on the furniture.
Guide For Collectors
During the post-war austerity period until the late 1960s the popularity of trifold mirrors waned due to the depth of surface needed to support the wings of the mirror, which was incompatible with contemporary interior design.
However, the concept of the tri-fold mirror is highly practical, and with a renewal of interest in vintage furniture design, they have once again become popular.
The centre panels of tri-fold mirrors are normally a minimum of 24 inches tall, and therefore, need a large dressing-table to support them. Fixed-base mirrors have often been removed from their original piece of furniture and attached to a lighter piece.
If a collector wishes to purchase an entirely original tri-fold mirror, care must be taken to examine the base for damage, or differences between the wood used in the mirror backing and that used in the dressing-table. If damage or differences are found, this might suggest that the tri-fold mirror is not in its original setting.
In January 2007 a French-style tri-fold mirrored vanity table was sold by Fantastiques Inc. for $200. A tri-fold Venetian-style mirror was sold by Clars Auction Gallery in June 2007 for $250.
A Viennese tri-fold mirror was sold for $550 by Ron Rhoads Auctioneers in March 2010. An art-deco vanity unit with tri-fold mirror was sold by Tyler Galleries for $550 in December 2005.
An Italian carved tri-fold mirror was sold by Richard D. Hatch & Associates for $200 in February 2007.