ART DECO GILT BRONZE ENAMEL MARCASITE BOX & MIRROR SET - For Sale

ART DECO GILT BRONZE ENAMEL MARCASITE BOX & MIRROR SET
Price: $2750.00
The ultimate Art Deco partial dresser set, consisting of a box and hand-mirror. Made in Austria, 1920''s. Measurements: Box is 6 1/2 inches in length; 2 3/8 inches high; 4 1/4 inches back to front. Mirror is 11 7/8 inches long; 5 1/4 inches wide. Made of bronze with gilding, enamel and marcasite decoration. The box has it''s original, fitted glass liner, which is extremely thick and heavy and has two round indentations on one rim, possibly to aid in lifting it out of the box. The mirror has it''s original, bevelled glass. Rectangular box. The sides are moulded in a fabulous pattern of stylised lotus and scrolls, reflecting the interest in Egyptian Revival themes during the Art Deco period. The linearity and geometric nature of the pattern further reflects the Art Deco style. The background to the pattern is stippled/hand-beaten in contrast to the smoothe, raised texture of the pattern. The borders of the sides are raised beadwork in different sizes and forms. A scalloped thumbpiece makes opening the lid easy. The top of the lid is exquisite and a tour-de-force of enamelling techniques. A narrow white enamel and gold, scalloped double border. Within, two rounded rows of cobalt blue enamelling on a gold ground. The corners, applied with gilded, moulded foliage. The main ground of the lid is covered in superb guilloche enamel of a golden-orange colour and a variety of engine-turned patterns under the enamelling. The center is like the ripples on a pond, radiating outwards, while the outside is a tight geometric arrangement. The lid is applied with a superb enamel and marcasite flower arrangement. Deep blue flowers with gold outlines and marcasite stamen and stems, with bright green foliage, stand out strongly against the orange background and are contained by the cobalt blue of the border. The Egyptian Revival theme is echoed here again, with the stylised flowers. The bottom of the box is patterned gilt. The mirror shows the same patterns and decoration as the box. The bottom corners and arch of the upper curve on the back are applied with scrolling gilt metal decoration and the join of handle to mirror (a bit loose) is held within a beautiful gilt housing. It has been suggested that the lighter colouring of the bottom foliage might be due to a restoration, but if so, it has been so well done, that there are no marks of it having been worked on. Marks: an incised AUSTRIA on the housing of the handle of the mirror. Generally, condition is fabulous. There is some discoloration on the gilding underneath the box. Glass insert and mirror are both original and in very good condition with no discoloration, chips/cracks. Status: For Sale Reference#: 4106 Condition: good Year: 1925 Title: ART DECO GILT BRONZE ENAMEL MARCASITE BOX & MIRROR SET

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Brenda Ginsberg Art & Antiques
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Email : antiques@brendaGinsberg.com
Phone : 954-415-0622

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