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Antique 1922 Deco Love Notes Compact Lipstick Holder

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Metals: Pre 1930   item# 727523

Antique 1922 Deco Love Notes Compact Lipstick Holder
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$45, reduced from $65.
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What a romantic gift this antique enameled brass compact would be for your favorite lady! Love is written all over it - literally - in loads of languages. "Ich liebe dich" and "Te Vous Aime" are just the beginning; there are even Oriental characters, as well as the English words, "I love you."

The patent number 1439749 allows us to date this beauty precisely to the very dawn of the Art Deco era. It also bears a maker stamp - SCHILDKRAUT PROD CORP DISTRIBUTOR NEW YORK - and a label "L" on the lipstick. In good condition for a functional item of this age, it comes from -- bet you guessed it -- an estate in Florida, the ultimate Art Deco mecca, Florida.

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Romantic 1920s Victorian Revival Embroidered Picture

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Textiles: Hangings: Pre 1930   item# 727492

Romantic 1920s Victorian Revival Embroidered Picture
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This delightful antique embroidery shows a lady and a gentleman in 19th century garb, enjoying a stroll beside graceful garden gates.

Although the subject is Victorian, the colors are pure Deco: sophisticated red and black on a ground of pearly beige. Measuring about 6 x 6 inches, the picture is in superb condition, attached by original tape that looks like marbled paper to its glass, mat, backing board and felt. There's no hanging hardware, so it's been displayed in the past on an easel stand or propped on a shelf.

This is one of three marvelous Art Deco embroideries we found in England, the others being of a then-modern subject (the soda fountain). All came from the same estate, so most likely the same hand. If you're interested in all three, we can work out special pricing. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



1920s Art Deco Egyptian Revival Tut Pendant Necklace

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1930   item# 710953

1920s Art Deco Egyptian Revival Tut Pendant Necklace
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$40, with free U.S. shipping & gift-wrap if desired.  

Most of us know the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922 led to a craze for Egyptian-styled jewelry. Fewer are aware there were earlier Egyptian crazes (circa 1800, thanks to the Napoleonic campaign, and again in the 1860s, when the Suez Canal opened). Further, when Tut's treasures toured the world once more in the 1970s, it was "deja vu all over again." Because of that, you always have to look *very* carefully at jewels with an Egyptian motif, to determine when they were made.

This stunning piece depicting Tut in an elaborate headpiece certainly dates from the early 1920s -- based on its extremely fine detail, cutwork design, dainty size, unusual coloration and age-appropriate surface wear to the mauve pink enamel, revealing more rich gilding beneath.

While we can't be certain the medallion began life affixed to this particular backing, it looks great, being of the right period and style. The disk is edged with a sunray motif and etched with cross-hatching on the reverse. The present jump ring and 19-inch chain also show the patina of age, but may not be original. The pendant measures 5/8" round.

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Antique Pink Sugar Crystal Sautoir Rope Necklace 58"

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1920   item# 702888

Antique Pink Sugar Crystal Sautoir Rope Necklace 58"
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When living in Europe, I learned to call the tiniest of glass beads "sugar crystals" -- not a term that's used much in the States, but it's wonderfully descriptive. Here they comprise a necklace that's an absolute confection of raspberry pink encased in clear crystals, woven into a thick rope and finished with beaded tassels.

It's fashioned in the open lariat form favored in Edwardian and early Art Deco times, when clothing became much lighter and less restrictive and people liked their jewels to move more freely, too. It can be knotted, looped several times around your neck or worn very long, swinging below waist length. You can even use it as a belt or hair adornment. We often speak of open-ended necklaces as sautoirs, but technically that's a reference to length (40 inches or longer).

Provenance of this beauty is a Midwestern estate, but the exquisite glass is certainly European (French or Bohemian). Condition is so fine that you have to search hard for any signs of surface wear. The only oddity is one teensy dark bead, which must have been woven into the rope on purpose; perhaps it served as a certain maker's signature.

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Exquisite Antique Art Deco Celluloid Shell Earrings

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Jewelry: American: Pre 1930   item# 688327

Exquisite Antique Art Deco Celluloid Shell Earrings
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The ethereal pastel colors of these earrings instantly endeared them to me. The calla and buttercup forms are exquisite, too, and strongly remind me of Victorian floral shell art. That, I believe, was the idea. The first Victorian Revival got underway in later Art Deco times -- largely because people resorted to wearing older family jewelry during the Depression years. Also because there was little money to buy new things, ladies tried their hands at making shell jewels, often composing them on celluloid disks identical to the backing of the creations you see here. Shells (or celluloid ornaments) could be glued to the disk, which in turn was glued to the fastener.

These screw-on fasteners appear original, as does everything about these earrings. They've obviously been treated with great care, to be in such lovely condition, given the delicacy of celluloid. Under high magnification, you can search out a few flakes and hairline cracks, but the naked eye (at least mine) reveals only surface wear to the metal and the absence of one very tiny leaf. Something I particularly enjoy about these is the textural contrast. Notice how the iridescence of the creamy callas and the sparkle of the pink rhinestones stand out against the powdery matte finish of the fresh yellow-green buttercup petals and darker green accents. These charmers date from around 1930, measure about an inch tall and reached us from a West Coast estate.

BTW, we have a couple of celluloid necklaces now that would look fantastic with the earrings. If you're interested in a set, please let us know and and we'll work out special pricing for you.

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Vintage Hand-Painted Silk Satin Handkerchief Case

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1940   item# 621961

Vintage Hand-Painted Silk Satin Handkerchief Case
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This pretty hanky bag feels as luscious as it looks, because there's padding between the soft layers of champagne colored fabric. So much special workmanship is evident here that I expect it was made as a gift -- perhaps featuring the recipient's favorite coral pink flowers on the beautifully painted flap.

The case has been tenderly cared for, too. Its interior is perfectly clean and, on close inspection, I can find only a few tiny spots on the back (that will probably rinse away). Most likely dating would be the 1930s, based on the Late Deco look of the bouquet. Provenance is a California estate.

Measuring about 8 inches square when closed, this will be a very spacious cache for your favorite vintage handkerchiefs -- and it's even nice enough to double as an evening bag, if you add a snap or hook for security.

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Antique Art Deco Button Hook of Tangerine Bakelite

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Instruments and Implements: Pre 1930   item# 604025

Antique Art Deco Button Hook of Tangerine Bakelite
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Doesn't this cheerful Art Deco orange light up your face with a smile, whenever you see it? That's usually on jewelry or pottery, but here it adorns a 6-inch button hook for your vanity.

Its vivid Bakelite handle comprises 3 3/4 inches of that length. Styled in a bold V shape; it's flat at the back, but the front has step-cut sides that are hard to photograph due to the glare. Along with the width, the thickness of the handle also increases gradually toward the top, for a powerful sense of streamlined motion.

The piece is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks, only a few superficial scratches, and the metal hook shows no rust and is securely attached. Besides being ornamental, this could still be very useful for doing up evening gloves. It would be a charming small gift for anyone who enjoys sewing collectibles, if you can part with it.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Thanks for looking!



Rare Handmade Antique Sequin Mask c 1895 to 1925

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1930   item# 580264

Rare Handmade Antique Sequin Mask c 1895 to 1925
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On hold. $95. 

Here's a glamorous masquerade mask from the days long before you could simply grab a costume at Party City. Certainly one of a kind, most likely made by a lady for her own use, it's gracefully shaped with exotic cat's eye openings and sunray forms above. The front is encrusted with shimmering black sequins, all intact, and the reverse is covered with a soft mesh fabric for comfort.

Quite large, the mask measures about 9 inches wide and almost 8 inches tall (extending from the bridge of the nose to well above the forehead). When you aren't wearing it, this would be a splendid wall decoration, framed or not. For tying on or hanging up, there's a fine double cord that feels like silk embroidery thread, but you might want to replace that with lengths of black ribbon or lace.

This would be gorgeous with a black-sequinned Art Deco flapper dress, but may be as early as Edwardian or Victorian and would be beautiful with clothing from those eras, too. Certainly it's very old, not at all like modern rigid masks. Condition is lovely; the only flaws are on the back and they're minor. Provenance is a New Mexico estate.

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Stunning Vintage Brass Giardinetto Towel Bar and Ring

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Furnishings: Architectural: Decorations: Pre 1960   item# 547225

Stunning Vintage Brass Giardinetto Towel Bar and Ring
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Here's something that doesn't come along very often: an absolutely stunning set of vintage towel holders. Much nicer than anything we can find in the shops now, these feature heavyweight brass brackets in the romantic form of giardinetti -- meaning "little gardens" in Italy, where the design was introduced into 18th century Rococo jewelry. A giardinetto (the singular) is any ornamental bouquet in a basket, urn or other container.

Another delightful thing about these is that they install with no visible hardware, because the brackets slide over plain metal strips screwed separately to the wall and then secure in front with decorative brass caps. Adhesive isn't needed, although vestiges of a wall on which glue was placed remain on the back of the metal strips never seen in use. Condition in front, where it counts, is lovely -- showing only minor surface wear to the ring and rods. Thankfully, all requisite hardware is still present.

Probable dating of these ultra-feminine bath accessories from a Dallas area estate is circa 1950. The rod is 18.5 inches long, the ring is 5.75 inches round and each floral bracket is about 4.25 inches tall and 3 inches wide.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



3 Opulent Florentine Rococo Giltwood Shelves c1950

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Furnishings: Accessories: Shelves: Pre 1960   item# 544724

3 Opulent Florentine Rococo Giltwood Shelves c1950
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Showcase your favorite collectibles on these glorious vintage giltwood shelves and you'll thrill to their decorative impact. And how about displaying your loveliest angels on them at Christmastime?

Carved in Italy no later than the mid-20th century (possibly earlier), the shelves are highly detailed and gilded by the time-honored technique that calls for an undercoat of rich red. Each is one of a kind, being hand-crafted. This is typical Florentine work and prices in lire are pencilled on the backs of two. Sizes (approximate) are 6 x 6.5 x 3.5; 5.75 x 6.5 x 3.5; and 5.25 x 4.75 x 2.5. Condition is superb, with only minor losses of gilding and no evidence of any repairs.

These treasures come from a Texas estate and were no doubt souvenirs of a holiday in Florence. Their asymmetrical plumed forms are pure Rococo, but ready to add sparkle and dimension to virtually any decor. I've seen such shelves used to great effect not only with antiques but even in contemporary rooms.

As always, there's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is free if desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!


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