Cheval - (Furniture Mirror) Glossary of Antique Terms C

Cheval - (Furniture, Mirror) A large toilet mirror in a free-standing four-legged frame. These mirrors, also known as Horse Dressing-glasses, were first made in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, by which time it was possible to cast single plates of glass six or more feet long, a technical advance that permitted the making of toilet mirrors that would reflect the full height of a person standing close to the glass. In most examples the tall mirror swivels between the uprights on screws, but there is another type in which the mirror, balanced by weights within the uprights, can be moved up and down like a sash window.


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