Rare Gorham "Loves Voyage" Sterling Hand Mirror - Circa 1910

This Gorham Art Nouveau mirror is in outstanding condition. It was either very, very rarely used or was an extremely important and loved possession. In Rich's 40 years of being a dealer he has never seen an American company other than Unger Bros. do Love's Voyage. We can only assume Gorham decided to do the pattern after Unger Bros. discontinued use of their Art Nouveau patterns in 1910.

The center of the mirror has two chubby little cherubs and a winged putti playing and riding a dolphin in the sea. The outer border of the mirror is comprised of scrolling curlicues, petaled flowers and leaves, four winged putti faces and at the center top the face of an Art Nouveau lady. The handle contains the same curlicues and flowers but has the addition of a full bodied cherub at the base. The backside of the mirror has borders of the same curlicues flowers and leaves. A beautiful, well designed and detailed, classic Art Nouveau mirror as you would expect from a top company like Gorham.

The sterling is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, holes, deep scratches, nasty abrasions or repairs. With close inspection you can find a couple of those 1/32 inch and smaller indentations or a few minute, light, surface scratches as expected and normal to use. The entire mirror and handle rims are well rounded with just a couple tiny spots of faint flatness to their curves. The pattern definition is excellent with wonderful well detailed facial features, well rounded and curved design subjects giving great dimension and/or height and well detailed accent lines in the subjects as well as the background. You will find just a bit of loss to fine accent lines on all of the cherubs/putti's hair. I can understand this loss on the full-bodied cherub at the base of the handle but for the seven heads on the mirror this loss would have to be caused from the older, more abrasive style, silver cleaners. At the base of the neck of the mirror is a presentation area that has been engraved with very artistic and stylized initials that I believe read "AMW".

The mirror is in excellent plus condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, abrasions, deep or large scratches. It is very clear with good reflection and has none of those age spots, areas of discoloration or gray haze. It is beveled, which is correct for the time period and may be the original mirror to the piece. With close inspection and tilting the mirror for best angle and light you can find a couple specks of flea bites and a few minute very, very faint surface only scratches that I cannot even feel with my fingernail. In the photos at the outer edge of the mirror next to the interior sterling rim you may see some dark discoloration/haze. This is not age spotting to the mirror. But appears to be leftover black residue from cleaning the silver.

The marks are on a side rim of the mirror as seen in photo # 5. The mirror measures 11 inches tall by 6 1/4 wide. A wonderful Art Nouveau mirror in superb condition by one of the top silver manufacturers from the time period.

Item ID: 124


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Rare Gorham "Loves Voyage" Sterling Hand Mirror - Circa 1910

Rare Gorham "Loves Voyage" Sterling Hand Mirror - Circa 1910
Rare Gorham "Loves Voyage" Sterling Hand Mirror - Circa 1910
Rare Gorham "Loves Voyage" Sterling Hand Mirror - Circa 1910
Rare Gorham "Loves Voyage" Sterling Hand Mirror - Circa 1910
Rare Gorham "Loves Voyage" Sterling Hand Mirror - Circa 1910
Rare Gorham "Loves Voyage" Sterling Hand Mirror - Circa 1910
Rare Gorham "Loves Voyage" Sterling Hand Mirror - Circa 1910

This Gorham Art Nouveau mirror is in outstanding condition. It was either very, very rarely used or was an extremely important and loved possession. In Rich's 40 years of being a dealer he has never seen an American company other than Unger Bros. do Love's Voyage. We can only assume Gorham decided to do the pattern after Unger Bros. discontinued use of their Art Nouveau patterns in 1910.

The center of the mirror has two chubby little cherubs and a winged putti playing and riding a dolphin in the sea. The outer border of the mirror is comprised of scrolling curlicues, petaled flowers and leaves, four winged putti faces and at the center top the face of an Art Nouveau lady. The handle contains the same curlicues and flowers but has the addition of a full bodied cherub at the base. The backside of the mirror has borders of the same curlicues flowers and leaves. A beautiful, well designed and detailed, classic Art Nouveau mirror as you would expect from a top company like Gorham.

The sterling is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, holes, deep scratches, nasty abrasions or repairs. With close inspection you can find a couple of those 1/32 inch and smaller indentations or a few minute, light, surface scratches as expected and normal to use. The entire mirror and handle rims are well rounded with just a couple tiny spots of faint flatness to their curves. The pattern definition is excellent with wonderful well detailed facial features, well rounded and curved design subjects giving great dimension and/or height and well detailed accent lines in the subjects as well as the background. You will find just a bit of loss to fine accent lines on all of the cherubs/putti's hair. I can understand this loss on the full-bodied cherub at the base of the handle but for the seven heads on the mirror this loss would have to be caused from the older, more abrasive style, silver cleaners. At the base of the neck of the mirror is a presentation area that has been engraved with very artistic and stylized initials that I believe read "AMW".

The mirror is in excellent plus condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, abrasions, deep or large scratches. It is very clear with good reflection and has none of those age spots, areas of discoloration or gray haze. It is beveled, which is correct for the time period and may be the original mirror to the piece. With close inspection and tilting the mirror for best angle and light you can find a couple specks of flea bites and a few minute very, very faint surface only scratches that I cannot even feel with my fingernail. In the photos at the outer edge of the mirror next to the interior sterling rim you may see some dark discoloration/haze. This is not age spotting to the mirror. But appears to be leftover black residue from cleaning the silver.

The marks are on a side rim of the mirror as seen in photo # 5. The mirror measures 11 inches tall by 6 1/4 wide. A wonderful Art Nouveau mirror in superb condition by one of the top silver manufacturers from the time period.

Item ID: 124


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