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A very pretty Art Nouveau celluloid Spanish style hair comb with hand painted decoration

CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear

SIZE: 6½ ins h x 6 ins w (16 x 15 cm) decorative part 3½ ins (8 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s

MATERIALS: celluloid, metal, rhinestones

DESCRIPTION:

Here is a rather beautiful example of a celluloid mass produced comb from the Art Nouveau period which was then hand painted and finished.

The comb is made in pale translucent celluloid in the Spanish style. It has a large openwork heading which is configured to represent leaves and flowers. This design has been further embellished with hand painting in muted shades of dark blue and sage green. It is further embellished by gold tone metal studs and dark red rhinestones.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

This type of ornament is often known as Spanish or mantilla comb because it resembles a smaller version of the traditional large shell ornaments worn by Spanish ladies with their native dress. In practice any comb which has a high upstanding heading or top which stands proud of the top of the head is often called a mantilla comb.

As the Art Nouveau style gained in popularity, a whole class of popular jewellery was mass produced which reproduced the typical motifs of the genre, but was produced by machine? The first Art Nouveau ornaments were hand made and carved from clarified horn. These were very expensive and were quickly followed by mass produced versions made in celluloid for the popular market.

Item ID: DUP18-03-016


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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: light brown/green/blue, Size: 6½ ins h x 6 ins w (16 x 15 cm) decorative part 3½ ins (8 cm)

Art Nouveau hand painted celluloid hair comb Spanish style hair accessory

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