Many collectable items from the late Victorian and Edwardian periods are associated with the dressing-table. Jars in glass or porcelain, often highly decorative, were produced at this time for face powder, with silver mounts decorated in Art Nouveau styles. Glass trays in matching sets accommodated hairpins (themselves widely differing in decorative treatment), trinkets and rings. Matching sets of brushes and hand mirrors may be found with silver, electroplate or enamelled backs in contemporary motifs. A wide variety of perfume bottles were made, including by such luminaries as Lalique, Daum and Galle.
Italian micro mosaic ladies' vanity mirror, c.1880, bevelled edge mirror in the form of an artist's palette, hand set with a Venetian glass border, height 34 cm. Provenance: Martin Stein Antiques, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
A Victorian style sterling silver dressing table set, 1901 Birmingham, with maker's marks for Henry Matthews and; 1978 Birmingham with maker's mark for W I Broadway & Co, the mixed set on a plated rectangular tray comprising a clothes brush from 1901, a co
English hallmarked sterling silver five piece dressing table set with embossed enamel scenes, consisting of a mirror, hairbrush, two clothes brushes & a cut thistle pattern crystal container. Length of mirror 24 cm
Two sets of English silver dressing table accessories, Edwardian and later, Comprising a pair of silver hair brushes, Walker & Hall, Sheffield, 1904; a silver hand mirror, Birmingham, 1904; a silver mounted comb, Sheffield, 1912 and a three piece brush and
Beddoes & Co, Birmingham 1930 enamel vanity set comprising two hair brushes, a hand mirror and a clothes brush, all with amber coloured sunburst enamelling, the hair brushes shaped oval and the hand mirror shaped circular (4), length of hand mirror 28 cm
A five piece silver and tortoiseshell dressing table set, 1919 Birmingham, with maker's marks for S.G. Jacobs, comprising a hand held mirror, two bristle hair brushes and two clothes' brushes, each with tortoiseshell backs silver edged and delicately inlai
A five-piece enamel and silver dressing table set, mirror, pair of hair brushes and pair of clothes brushes, pale blue transulcent enamel within a champleve black enamel border; Adie Bros for Ollivant & Botsford, Birmingham 1925.
Hallmarked sterling silver & tortoise shell dressing table set with applied butterfly decoration, consisting of a hand mirror, a pair of hair brushes & five various dressing table containers. Birmingham, 1924-25, maker W.G.S Ltd.
An Edwardian dressing table set by Kent of England, circa 1910 comprising: an ebony tray with two circular lidded compartments for cufflinks, an ebony mirror,an ebony comb, a pair of ebony clothes brush,another larger ebony brush, an ebony shoe horn, and a
A Limoges porcelain vanity set 20th century, comprising a lidded powder bowl and stand and three gilt metal mounted lidded boxes, each with a gilt patination, painted with classical trophies and ribbon borders, the powder bowl 18 cm high
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