Traditional Styles

The English Archtop mirror is a versatile style that has been made since the end of the 18th century - the quintessential mirror for hanging above a Victorian fireplace.

Suitable for both modern and more traditional rooms, the softer shape of the archtop breaks up the straight lines of fire surrounds, doorways and windows.

Our Archtop range was launched in 1985 in our first designer collection of Overmantel mirrors and remains one of most popular collections, particularly with customers seeking to complement original features of their period homes. 

NB all our Archtop Mirrors can be tailored in dimensions, finishes and in decorative details - please contact us to discuss the options
While Archtop Mirrors are often positioned above fireplaces, we can round the bases and the feet for free hanging on walls too.

Our Pier Glasses and Triptych mirrors are characterised and linked by their classical friezes above the glass.

Overmantels has carefully amassed one of the largest collections of original and authentic frieze moulds from the 18th & 19th Centuries, including the very classic Swag & Bows, the frivolously fun Nymphs or Chariot friezes, the pretty anthemion chains, the delicate rose lattice and other Classical mythological themes.  The background colour can be painted to match your own decorative schemes for a very bespoke finish.  

Pier Glasses are so-called because they were designed to fit on the 'Pier wall' that divided the often nearly full-length windows that had become a feature of l8th century architecture. They were often placed over Pier or Console tables. Our styles are of late 18th century design with classical friezes. The Wide Pier Glass mirrors fit very well over fireplaces.  Standard (slim) Pier glasses are very effective in bringing light to narrow areas such as halls, passageways and landings.

Triptych mirrors appeared in the latter half of the 18th century and were the first mirrors available in ordinary homes.  Mirror glass was then a very expensive item and was only really available in small sheets, thus the three panel format was an ideal solution in achieving a wide oblong mirror to go over the fireplace. Many of the designs emanated from the renowned Classical architect Robert Adam. Our Triptychs come with bevelled glass edges as originally the glass was poured into a mould that had a mitred lip around the edge giving the glass a bevelled appearance. These Triptych mirrors were often called Vauxhall mirrors after the glassworks that first produced them in the 18th century.

All the friezes shown in this section can be mixed and matched with any frame style.

 

The proportions and restrained elegance of these styles lends itself to many areas of the house.

This range of wall mirrors includes our classical Rectangular mirrors from the English Regency period and decorative Cushion mirrors of 18th Century French style. All can be hung either overmantel mirrors or free hanging wall mirrors.

Our Cushion mirrors are a distinctly French style with raised central looking glass, flanked by a border of angled glass sides, making a 'cushion' shape. We offer a choice of decorative late-18th century styles. We have recently added some more modern takes on these classical frames such as with an assertive bold black trim.

Our Rectangular range is dominated by 18th Century Regency designs with fluted columns and decorative twists (such as the highly popular No24). Another popular choice is the Adam Border Glass mirror (No43) which follows the design by renowned architect & furniture designer Robert Adam (1728-1792) - a delicate design with anthemion leaf corners. We have also made a contemporary version of the Adam Border glass in our TV mirrors selection. See also No25 in our Specials range.

Our beautifully proportioned English mirrors carefully reproduce classic styles from Queen Anne, Georgian and Regency to late Victorian styles.

The range includes some of our most popular styles which easily blend with contemporary taste.

Imposing yet versitile, they can be positioned over fireplaces, as free hanging wall mirrors, above a piece of furniture or as extra tall floor standing mirrors.

Our French Collection are based on styles which were popular during the reign of Louis Philippe (1830 - 1848).

Quintessential French salon mirrors are characterised by straight sides and soft radial corners, which lend to a more romantic feel.

Our French range varies from the richly ornate No23 to the plain elegance of the No22, which often displays well in more contemporary homes.  

Some of our French styles (Trumeau and Serpentine top) can also be found in our Special Mirrors section - which are all custom made to order.

Oval and Round mirrors provide stunning and distinctive decorative interest to a room.   
Of significant note is our Large Round Mirror with Convex glass:  Overmantels is possibly unique in being able to offer a convex mirror of this size and quality.

These simple yet elegant shapes work well in corridors and bathrooms. We produce various styles of different periods and most of our oval frames can be hung either 'Landscape' or 'Portrait'.

Our round mirrors can come with either flat or convex glass.  Some reflect a nautical feel, such as the No40 "Butler's eye" (a fish-eye lense) a 17th Century style which has decorative rim balls reflecting British naval victories and a black slip added in 1805 on the death of Nelson.

 

Our Special selection are all made-to-measure frames incorporating some of our more unusual Traditional frames.  Specials include the elegant Serpentine top French mirror (No17), a Trumeau mirror (No18, the French version of an English Pier glass mirror), the bold and decorative No25 rectangular Regency mirror. The range also inculdes Irish Ovals (No 46) and Georgian style architectural mirrors (No 30).

For these styles we custom make the size exactly to your specification and hence prices are on application only.