Pier glass


Pier glass

A pier glass is a long tall mirror which is placed flush on a wall between two windows, often of the same shape and design as the windows themselves. This was a common decorating feature in the reception rooms of large 18th century houses. Examples can be found in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, Sanssouci Palace and many other notable palaces and houses of that era.


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  • Pier glass — Pier Pier, n. [OE. pere, OF. piere a stone, F. pierre, fr. L. petra, Gr. ?. Cf. {Petrify}.] 1. (Arch.) (a) Any detached mass of masonry, whether insulated or supporting one side of an arch or lintel, as of a bridge; the piece of wall between two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pier glass — n. a tall mirror set in the pier, or wall section, between windows …   English World dictionary

  • pier glass — pier′ glass n. fur a tall, often full length mirror intended to be set between windows • Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang

  • pier glass — noun a large mirror between two windows • Syn: ↑pier mirror • Hypernyms: ↑mirror * * * noun : a large high mirror; especially : one designed to occupy the wall space between windows see pier table illustration …   Useful english dictionary

  • pier glass — noun A tall narrow mirror, usually set between two windows, above a pier table See Also: pier table …   Wiktionary

  • pier glass — noun Date: 1703 a large high mirror; especially one designed to occupy the wall space between windows called also pier mirror …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pier glass — /ˈpɪə glas/ (say pear glahs) noun a tall mirror such as is used to fill the pier or space between two windows …   Australian English dictionary

  • pier glass — a tall mirror, often full length, intended to be set between windows. [1695 1705] * * * …   Universalium

  • pier glass — noun a large mirror, used originally to fill wall space between windows …   English new terms dictionary

  • pier-glass — …   Useful english dictionary


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