The cheval mirror, or cheval glass, was first made in the 1700s and was originally known simply as a dressing mirror. They were essentially created for use in bedrooms and dressing rooms, as the adjustable angle allowed a full-length view. By the end of the eighteenth century, the cheval mirror was very popular, and all of the era’s leading furniture designers had developed their own cheval mirror design, featuring different decorative frames and carved wood embellishments.
As furniture design evolved, mirrors were mounted on armoires and wardrobes in an effort to save space, and the cheval mirror lost some of its popularity. Cheval glasses for children are not common at all partly due to the wealth needed for a family to own one. This example is fairly naively carved to the scroll feet and the construction isn’t that sophisticated, so we imagine it was commissioned and made by a local craftsman in the Scottish provinces. Imagining the child that glanced into this mirror is a truly transportive experience.