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Hand Mirror

This is probably the nicest hand held mirror I have ever seen and it was very likely made by Meissen around in the late 19th century or maybe early 20th century during the Art Nouveau period. The mirror is decorated with some of applied 3D flowers and leaves along a nicely shaped porcelain frame highlighted with light pink and blue as well as some gilding. The top has a superb peacock on it which is very well done and the bottom has my favorite part - a semi nide lady looking at herself in the mirror. She has a pink cloth draped around her legs and bottom and is just amazingly well modeled and painted. The mirror is help in by some thin black metal with four screwlike holders which don't budge so it will never come apart. The piece is in amazing condition given what it is and that it was made to be used. There are five chipped leaves and two chipped flower petals and one very tiny flaw on a feather of the peacock though that might be original to the piece. The mirror has some spots on the silver backing but that is to be expected on old pieces like this! Sadly I cannot look under the back to see the underglaze blue crossed swords mark underneath since most of the back is covered but I have no doubt it was made by them because of the quality and type of painting and modeling. The entire mirror is 15.5 inches tall, 7.5 inches wide and about 1.5 inches thick. Please email me for more information or other pictures.

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