Art Deco Hair Comb Large Black Celluloid Spectacular Hair AccessoryArt Deco Hair Comb Large Black Celluloid Spectacular Hair AccessoryArt Deco Hair Comb Large Black Celluloid Spectacular Hair AccessoryArt Deco Hair Comb Large Black Celluloid Spectacular Hair AccessoryArt Deco Hair Comb Large Black Celluloid Spectacular Hair AccessoryArt Deco Hair Comb Large Black Celluloid Spectacular Hair AccessoryArt Deco Hair Comb Large Black Celluloid Spectacular Hair AccessoryArt Deco Hair Comb Large Black Celluloid Spectacular Hair AccessoryArt Deco Hair Comb Large Black Celluloid Spectacular Hair AccessoryArt Deco Hair Comb Large Black Celluloid Spectacular Hair Accessory

A striking Art Deco period celluloid hair comb with a tall asymmetric design

CONDITION: good vintage condition

SIZE: 9 ins h x 2½ ins w (23 x 6 cms)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s – 1920s

MATERIALS: celluloid

DESCRIPTION:

Here is one of those tall pointy combs which are iconic for the Art Deco period. Placed at an acute angle in the hair, the beautiful decoration of the heading would be visible from every angle.

The ornament is made from glossy black celluloid and has an asymmetric wedge shaped heading with the top left hand corner “pulled out” to the left. It is decorated with a design which suggests leaves or petals, which is emphasized by incised lines, in filled with white pigment. The effect is further emphasized with clear rhinestones.

This striking glossy black celluloid hair comb is unsigned, but is similar to the more modernist influenced shapes which emerged from Maison Bonaz in the late 1920s. The final picture shows an advertisement for the Bonaz atelier of the later 1920s, illustrating the more angular silhouettes which were produced.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Many of these later Art Deco combs are in pure, abstract forms, with little surface ornamentation for a very powerful effect. The strong contrasting shapes – ovals, squares, or oblongs - show a deep appreciation and understanding of the potential of the material.

More extreme ornaments like this example reflect the qualities of the modernist and futurist art movements, and the aesthetics of the Bauhaus. In Modernism the emphasis was upon the medium, and the process of production, rather than the intrinsic value of the materials, while the Bauhaus was an attempt to combine craftsmanship and high design with mass production.

Item ID: C17-04-02


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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: black, Size: 9 ins h x 2½ ins w (23 x 6 cms)

Art Deco Hair Comb Large Black Celluloid Spectacular Hair Accessory

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