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Hand Mirror (USA)

This is a Hand mirror. It was designed by Tommi Parzinger and made by Peter Albert Reimes. 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.

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Hand Mirror (USA); Designed by Tommi Parzinger (American, b. Germany, 1903–1981); engraved rolled silver, mirror glass; 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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