A pretty Art Deco gilded hair accessory signed by Auguste Bonaz
CONDITION: good vintage condition with acceptable wear
SIZE: 4 ins h x 2¼ ins w (10 x 5.5 cm) decorative part 2 ins h (5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1920s
MATERIALS: celluloid faux tortoiseshell, celluloid, gilding
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.
This pretty ornament is a smaller and very wearable example from the later Art Deco period. It has three split tines of celluloid faux tortoiseshell and a wedge shaped heading with a distinctive scroll design and applied gilding.
The collage photo shows examples of similar hair accessories by the Bonaz atelier taken from contemporary magazine advertisements.
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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Auguste Bonaz signed hair comb Art Deco gilded hair ornament
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