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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