Monthly Archives: October 2009

Diamond and Horn Comb

This unsigned French art nouveau comb was made of horn, lined with diamonds at the top, and adorned with gold flowers and diamonds in the center. But this comb has a unique feature. Usually, the engineering belongs to the tines … Continue reading

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Early, Middle, and Late Edo

Early Edo: This wooden comb is 17th-Century Edo. You can tell by the size, artistic style, and subject. It’s one idea on a large comb canvas is a chimera behind a folding screen. From the Nomura Shojiro Collection comes this middle-era … Continue reading

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There’s A Story In This Sale

In April, 2008, Christies sold this Lalique horn comb with a blue and green enameled Japanese landscape and a sunset in yellowish orange enamel for $273,500. The comb was made c. 1900 and is one of Japonisme’s greatest expressions from … Continue reading

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Barrette by Koch

This art nouveau piece was originally a dog collar plaque (do we love this?) but can also be worn as a barrette. It was made in 1902 by the House of Koch, founded in 1879 by Robert and Louis Koch … Continue reading

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Lucien Galliard

In April 2008, I noted Christies as appraising this Lucien Galliard comb (c. 1900) at $100,000 to $150,000. I guess it didn’t sell. Today, it’s appearing at auction again with an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000. The art is still … Continue reading

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Something That Grabbed Me

I’m not one of these buyers who thinks things over. If I fall in love, it’s immediate, and I buy the piece. I haven’t bought a hair comb in a long time, but this Auguste Bonaz had my name on … Continue reading

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Japanese Wedding Comb Sets

In the Edo Era, they adorned wigs and were made with tortoiseshell. In the modern era, they are made with metal and paste jewels. But both have their beauty, and this is how they are worn in a wig.

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Maang Tika

Astonishingly beautiful, Indian brides wear a hair ornament that is like a pendant for the forhead. It is called a maang tika. They’re a longstanding Indian bridal tradition with a storied history in painting and sculpture. Maang tikas have a … Continue reading

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A Sense of Metal and Individualism

With American artists Alexander Calder, Albert Paley, Olaf Skoogfors, and others, a sense of combining hammered metals with other materials emerged to make jewelry, which expressed the individualism of each artist’s imagination. Individualism, American style, means you rule what you … Continue reading

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Oriental Carving

The first two items for today are Chinese hair pins. The first is from my private collection and had been carved from one piece of tortoiseshell, the blonde part representing a bird. I believe the piece to be dated c. … Continue reading

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