Amazing Opaque and Transparent Enamelled Hand Mirror and Brush

I wish you could see this in person! To this day I have not seen the techniques used here on anything else. It is a combination of guilloche patterns with enamel work (a basically transparent application of enamel such that you can see through it to an underlying design that is actually in the metal base) and opaque handpainted enamel work.

In this case, the transparent enamel is in a peachy-pink color which forms the background color. The opaque enamel is done with extreme finesse and includes the depiction of ducks in flight, water, and reeds.

The metal appears to be a coppery brass and I was not able to find any hallmarks to determine the maker or anything to precisely date these pieces. My best guess would be the 19teens-1930 time period. The bevelled mirror is original and in very good condition with some tiny flakes to the glass of the mirror where it is loose in the frame.

The mirror measures approx. 10 5/8" x 5 3/8". The brush which is in excellent condition measures approx. 6 1/2" x 1 3/4" x 1 1/4".

If you like what you see in the photos, you will like what you see in person even more! Truly a wondrous example of an uncommon art.

The enamel is in excellent condition except as shown in the last photo which is in the area where the handle meets the mirror portion (always the weak link area). Because of the techniques in the enamel, this flawed area blends in very nicely to the eye and can only be experienced as a flaw when felt with a fingernail. It is the only area where there are chips or flakes to the enamel.

Item ID: twt1967

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