Striking Art Deco Hair Comb In Sculptural Black Celluloid Triangular Design
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 8½ x 3 ins (approx 22 x 7.5 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1910s to 1920s
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.
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, which were produced under the influence of Art Deco, 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.
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