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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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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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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.

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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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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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$195
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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 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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