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Hand Mirror (USA), 1938

This is a hand mirror. It was designed by Tommi Parzinger and made by Peter Reimes. It is dated 1938 and we acquired it in 1998. Its medium is engraved rolled silver, mirror glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This mirror, part of a unique and charming silver toilet set, is a fine example of Tommi Parzinger’s specially commissioned work—an important component of his design activity throughout his career. The Greek decorative motifs provide a fascinating example of the survival of ancient classical design in the 20th century. Although the museum has a large group of drawings by Parzinger, as well as his archives, this toilet set will be the first three dimensional Parzinger material in our collections.

This object was purchased from Palumbo Gallery. It is credited Museum purchase from Walter R. Scholz Memorial Fund.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 27.9 x 15.5 x 0.8cm (11 x 6 1/8 x 5/16in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped on edge: "RP / STERLING / Panzinger [in script]"

Cite this object as

Hand Mirror (USA), 1938; Designed by Tommi Parzinger (American, born Germany, 1903 - 1981); engraved rolled silver, mirror glass; H x W x D: 27.9 x 15.5 x 0.8cm (11 x 6 1/8 x 5/16in.); Museum purchase from Walter R. Scholz Memorial Fund; 1998-21-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions The Virtue in Vice and Thom Browne Selects.

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