Hand Mirror (probably England), 1850–1900
The molded Renaissance-style ornament of this gutta percha mirror is especially crisp and refined in character. Gutta percha is a natural plastic, made from an East Indian tree resin. Introduced into Europe in the 1820s, it became popular for use in molded furniture elements and small items during the last half of the 19th century. Because of its tendency to become brittle over time, it rarely survives in as good condition as in this piece.
This object was
It is credited
Gift of Anonymous Donor.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 28.6 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm (11 1/4 x 4 x 1 in.)
Cite this object as
Hand Mirror (probably England), 1850–1900; molded vucanized rubber, glass, gilt metal; H x W x D: 28.6 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm (11 1/4 x 4 x 1 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1992-60-1
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Thom Browne Selects and Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: The Revolutions of 1848.