A handsome wedge shaped hair comb in celluloid faux tortoiseshell signed by Auguste Bonaz
CONDITION: good vintage condition with no breaks
SIZE: 5½ ins h x 3½ ins w (14 x 7.5 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1880s - 1900
MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell (an early form of plastic)
Here we have an excellent example of an Art Deco period hair comb which is signed by Auguste Bonaz, the master comb maker of the era. No comb collection is really complete without an example from Maison Bonaz.
The comb is made in celluloid faux tortoiseshell and has a high wedge shaped heading with a beautiful asymmetric design. It is signed on the back of the heading.
The final illustration shows a selection of sitters wearing similar ornaments and is taken from a collection of contemporary sources of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Maison Bonaz worked in new materials such as Bakelite and Galalith, and explored the versatility of the materials and their specific qualities. The work of House Bonaz reflected the modern qualities of the constructivist 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. Futurism too discarded the art of the past in favour of change, originality and innovation. It glorified the new technology of the automobile and the glory of speed and power and movement. The Bauhaus was an attempt to combine craftsmanship and high design with mass production.
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