These two objects were probably parts of elaborate dressing table sets that included a handheld brush, mirror, combs, small boxes, and other accessories. When the hairbrush was made, the French Art Nouveau style was new and considered avant-garde. The dense, curvilinear floral design and the female head with long, curling tresses are characteristic of that style. A generation later, this taste for curvilinear naturalism was supplanted by the French Art Moderne (or Art Deco) style of the hand mirror. Here, nature is still invoked in the decoration, but it is rendered in a more schematic, hard-edged manner that appears more modern today.
Silver, mirrored glass
14 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 1/2 in. (35.9 x 15.9 x 1.3 cm) (show scale)
Stamped on outer edge of frame, near handle join: "(N) STERLING"
Etched monogram in script ,one letter on back of each bird: "B S"
This item is not on view
H. Randolph Lever Fund
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Napier (1922-present). Mirror, ca. 1928. Silver, mirrored glass, 14 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 1/2 in. (35.9 x 15.9 x 1.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 2000.45. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2000.45_back.jpg)
back, 2000.45_back.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Silver hand mirror with long handle, Art Deco style decorations. Round glass mirror enclosed in silver frame. Back side divided into three vertical sections of repoussé decoration: central band contains two stylized parrots (or other tropical bird) perched on leafy branches; outer bands both filled with basket weave pattern. Strap handle attached to frame at shell-shaped join; handle extends from here, bulges out at center then tapers to stylized leaf finial and small ball point.
Condition: Good, minor scratches throughout; ding on back of handle near finial.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.