We are completely in love with this set. It is so unusual and just beautiful with classic Nouveau to Deco design styles.
The contrast of the black handles against the carved salmon colored bodies makes the design.
This incredible antique mirror and brush set is one of those sets that just makes you stop and stare and you HAVE to pick them up.
It is a stunning example of Art Nouveau approaching the Art Deco movement and features an extraordinary degree of style and craftsmanship.
Both pieces are crafted from beautiful cast celluloid and boast beautiful carved-in designs. They have each been professionally tested.
Each handle is rendered in a semi-glossy ebony-black and is characterized by a floral motif combined with cross-hatched accents.
The handles are affixed to a light salmon-colored backing (also made of cast-celluloid), which, in addition to having an astounding decorative pattern, features a beautiful marbled finish.
These "overlaid" pieces of celluloid are characterized by a unique and symmetrical decorative pattern.
The balanced, curving lines evoke Art Deco style while the florals at the center are more akin to Art Nouveau design.
The overlays are placed over a light vinyl background which exhibits a cream and taupe-colored pseudo-cross-hatched pattern.
The colors are a subtle but lovely compliment to the accompanying colors.
The brush's genuine horsehair bristles are securely affixed to a black, domed panel of celluloid. They show a bit of expected wear.
As you can see, the high quality glass mirror has an elegant beveled edge.
The glass shows a few areas of light clouding and some inconsequential flea-bite scratches here and there.
Some areas of the celluloid show minor scratching and equally minor scratching.
There is one minor crack near the base celluloid on the back of the mirror and you will also find some spots of discoloration on the backing vinyl.
Even so, we are pleased to say that the set remains in good antique condition overall.
This set is a "must have" to any collector of vintage and antique vanity items. The set is stunning.
Mirror: 11 1/4" tall, Mirror (with frame) is 5 1/2" tall, 4 1/2" wide and 5/16" deep, Handle is 5 7/8" long and 1 1/16" wide (at widest point), 131.4 grams
Brush: 8 7/8" tall, Brush (top portion) is 4 1/2" tall, 3 5/8" wide and 1 1/8" deep (with bristles), Handle is 4 1/4" long and 7/8" wide (at widest point), 98.1 grams
Total weight: 229.5 grams (8.1 oz)